Rod Blagojevich Subpoenaes Rahm Emanuel

President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was subpoenaed by the defense to testify in Rod Blagojevich's upcoming trial, a Blagojevich attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Yes, he's been subpoenaed by the defense," one of Rod Blagojevich's lawyers, Shelly Sorosky said today.

Sorosky described Emanuel as a "critical" witness because: "he's the supposed victim of an extortion." One of the charges against Blagojevich accuses him of attempting to extort Emanuel while he was a congressman.

Sorosky said there are two areas of interest involving Emanuel: the alleged attempted extortion of Emanuel by then-Gov. Blagojevich and the U.S. senate seat selection concerning now-White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have subpoenaed Rahm Emanuel to testify at Blagojevich's corruption trial, which is scheduled to open tomorrow, lawyers associated with the case said today.

Emanuel, chief of staff to President Barack Obama, had been expected to be subpoenaed by the former governor.