Rod Blagojevich Subpoenas US Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias

U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias says former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's lawyers have subpoenaed him to testify at Blagojevich's corruption trial.

Giannoulias said Sunday that he introduced a friend of President Barack Obama's to a union official. The friend, Valerie Jarrett, allegedly was Obama's choice to replace him in the Senate after he was elected president.

Rod Blagojevich’s defense team has subpoenaed Alexi Giannoulias to testify in the ongoing Blagojevich corruption trial. If Mark Kirk’s team can’t score points on this, Kirk just needs to find a new profession.

Giannoulias’ team spent the weekend scrambling (an activity that they have gotten quite good at) to explain why Giannoulias’ name surfaced several times during the trial last week. During testimony regarding Blagojevich’s plan to get something in return for appointing Obama confidante and current senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett to replace Obama as senator, the jury heard taped conversations in which Giannoulias’ name was mentioned. In a November, 2008 conversation that was secretly taped between Blagojevich and his former Chief of Staff, John Harris, Harris is heard saying “Alexi called me.” Harris goes on to explain that Giannoulias “wants to meet with me a few minutes this afternoon. He says it’s . . . I said what’s it about? He says the (Senate) seat ‘but not for me, for someone else.’”

Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday he was subpoenaed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense lawyers to testify at his corruption trial. Giannoulias name surfaced last week during the trial, where prosecutors were focusing on the charges dealing with Blagojevich trying to sell the Senate seat Barack Obama was vacating after winning the presidential election.

The jury heard a lot about Blagojevich mapping strategy to see what he could get in return for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate. Blagojevich learned, the jury heard on wiretaps, that all Blagojevich would get is "appreciation." Jarrett is now a Senior White House advisor.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has subpoenaed Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D) to testify at his corruption trial, the candidate said Sunday.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Giannoulias, who is currently the state treasurer, was not close to the ex-governor, but acted as an intermediary between a labor leader and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who are both involved in the trial.

Jarrett, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are among the high-profile politicos who have been subpoenaed by Blagojevich's lawyers.

Illinois Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday he was subpoenaed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense lawyers to testify at his corruption trial.

Giannoulias' name surfaced last week during the trial, when former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris was on the stand testifying for the prosecution on Blagojevich trying to sell the Senate seat Barack Obama was vacating after winning the presidential election.

Over the weekend, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate (and state treasurer) Alexi Giannoulias said he was among the many subpoenaed for the trial of ex-governor Rod Blagojevich. But Alexi doesn't expect to have to testify in Blago's case. He told CBS2, "They subpoenaed any and everybody to try and get everyone involved from the president down to the dog catcher, so I think this shouldn't be surprising." Alexi's name came up last week as a connection between union leader Tom Balanoff and Valerie Jarrett.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday he was subpoenaed by Rod Blagojevich's attorneys to appear at the ex-governor's corruption trial, joining a long list of state and national politicians who might testify.

Giannoulias, the single-term state treasurer, was not close to Blagojevich. But Giannoulias said he did act as an intermediary between two people who have played significant roles in the former governor's trial — labor leader Tom Balanoff and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Federal prosecutors have accused Blagojevich, a Democrat, of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.