Rod Blagojevich subpoenas US Rep Jesse Jackson, Jr.
If and when I am called, I will tell the truth and say under oath what I've said again and again since this shocking scandal first broke. I did nothing wrong and never authorized or engaged in any scheme related to the then-vacant Senate seat.”— Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been subpoenaed by the defense in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial, adding the onetime Senate hopeful to a long list of federal officials Blagojevich’s team wants to put on the witness stand.
The former governor faces charges of a broad range of corruption-related offenses, including conspiring to sell the Senate seat left open when Barack Obama won the presidency. Jackson, one of several candidates for the Senate appointment, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has subpoenaed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to testify at his upcoming criminal trial, adding Jackson to a long list of politicians the former governor says can help him clear his name.
The South Side Democratic congressman was one of several people Blagojevich once considered appointing to President Obama's U.S. Senate seat after the 2008 presidential election. Prosecutors have alleged Blagojevich effectively put Obama's seat up for sale.
Blagojevich lawyer Sam Adam Jr. said Jackson would make a valuable witness "because he knows what we know. . . . Blagojevich never tried to sell the seat, and Jesse Jackson Jr. wasn't trying to buy it."
Jackson acknowledged Friday that he, "like other elected officials, have received a subpoena to testify as a witness for" Blagojevich.