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SCOOP:Blagojevich lawyers want Obama's FBI interview

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyers say they should be privy to remarks that President-Elect Obama made to FBI agents in December, 2008.

The defense team has filed a motion asking for written reports of Obama's two-hour interview with prosecutors and the FBI, saying that testimony by key government witness John Harris has opened the door to possibly new information concerning Obama.

They say that testimony contradicts the government's previous public statements that Obama knew nothing about deal-making involving the Senate seat appointment.

"Testimony elicited by the government from John Harris and wiretaps played in court raise the issue of President Obama's direct knowledge and communication with emissaries and others regarding the appointment to his senate seat," lawyers wrote in the filing.

The filing goes on:
"The government has elicited testimony that directly contradicts its previous position. The government asked its cooperating witness, John Harris, questions referencing "President Obama's preferences", what President Obama knew, and what President Obama directed others to do and say, etc."

That includes testimony from Harris that SEIU union leader Tom Balanoff was delivering a message to Blagojevich from Obama as well as testimony that Blagojevich was told Obama knew the then-governor wanted a cabinet position in exchange for appointing Obama friend Valerie Jarrett to the open Senate seat post.

Obama,as well as others close to him, were interviewed by federal investigators following the arrest of the then-sitting governor Rod Blagojevich.

Judge James Zagel has blocked a defense request to subpoena President Obama, saying what they were seeking was irrelevant to the case. Zagel did say he might reconsider the issue as the trial was underway.

To read the filing:

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Does anyone know if the President was under oath during this interview?

When it comes to the freedom of information act, FOIA, the corrupt does not feel they have to abide by the law. They feel they are free to do whatever they want. They will play all kinds of denial games. No matter which way one looks at it. Rod Blagojevich was not an honest Governor. No matter which way one looks at it. I have Rod Blagojevich, a number of state workers, etc. by the short hairs of their nose.

False statements to FBI agents are perjury!

Blago is just the man to take down this con artist who got him-self elected Pres. with a lot of broken promises...Viva Blago

I get that Blago's toupee makes him think he's a Real Boy, but...just...wow. It takes a big brassy set to subpoena the President in a corruption suit.

No kidding...and how about this last Prez visit to Chicago? I bet there's an encounter between Fitz and Obama there too

What about freedom of information act??? Doesn't this apply?

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