Blagojevich Defense Wants Obama to Testify

Lawyers seek investigators' interviews with Obama, Emanuel
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 1:55 PM CST
In this on Dec. 1 file photo, President Obama speaks about his Afghanistan policy before cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich's lawyers may attempt to get President Obama to testify in the former Illinois governor's corruption trial. The Blagojevich defense team has sought access to federal investigators' interviews with Obama and Rahm Emanuel conducted last year in order to determine whether to call the president or his chief of staff to the stand. They know getting a sitting president to testify would not be easy.

However, "I know Obama to be a constitutional scholar," a lawyer representing Blagojevich told the Chicago Tribune. "I do not anticipate should it come out that he has material information on this case, I do not anticipate a problem from a constitutional scholar coming in knowing that a defendant has a right to have witnesses on his behalf."

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