BlagoBlog earlier mentions the Obama whitewash report (background here) as compared to Harris testimony. Now this: SCOOP:BLAGOJEVICH LAWYERS WANT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FBI INTERVIEWMore. AP:
Drudge has this artist rendering of Blago in court up, along with the Michelle hen-pecks Barack story. But if Blago takes Obama down I'll forgive him a lot.
Obama's political opponents will certainly try to tie the president to Blagojevich's alleged shenanigans in appointing a Senate replacement from a state with notoriously corrupt politics.
They'll have plenty of opportunities.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and close adviser Valerie Jarrett have been subpoenaed, attorneys close to the case and White House officials have said, speaking on condition of anonymity because Emanuel's subpoena was not public and the investigation is ongoing. Also, Emanuel is reportedly on FBI wiretaps. Convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko, a fundraiser for both Obama and Blagojevich, may be called to testify. And Blagojevich insists that Obama has "direct knowledge" related to the allegations involving the Senate seat.
"Anyone in Illinois politics, especially Illinois Democratic politics, should be nervous if, in fact, Rod Blagojevich goes on the stand because he is the human equivalent of an unguided political missile," said Paul Green, who teaches politics at Chicago's Roosevelt University.