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Emanuel 'ready, if asked' to testify if called by Blagojevich defense

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel changed his tune Monday when he was asked whether he'd be called to testify by Rod Blagojevich's defense.

"As you know -- as I've said before -- I'm ready, if asked, to answer questions, as I was in the first trial. . . . In this trial, I'll answer questions, if asked to," Emanuel said.

When asked if he was planning to testify last week, Emanuel simply replied "not to my knowledge."

Sun-Times reporter Fran Spielman has the full story here.

Blagojevich's defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky said on his way out of the courthouse Monday that Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are "under consideration" to be called as witnesses in the case. Sorosky didn't mention anyone else by name.

Sorosky last week left open the possibility that Blagojevich himself will take the stand in the case.

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