Judge in Rod Blagojevich Trial Denies Defense Motion to See President Obama's FBI Interview

There's nothing remotely relevant to this witness's testimony.”

— Judge James Zagel

Judge James Zagel denies a defense request to gain access to the FBI report summarizing then President-Elect Obama's 2008 interview with federal investigators.

Defense lawyers argued in a filing last week that the government minimized Obama's knowledge of the then-Governor's attempts to horsetrade for the Senate seat appointment. They said that testimony by government witness John Harris contradicted that portrayal by federal prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel has denied a request by lawyers for Rod Blagojevich to force the government to turn over notes of FBI interviews of President Barack Obama.

The defense made the request late last week after listening to former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris testify about contacts with Obama representatives about Obama's desire to have his friend, Valerie Jarrett, appointed to the U.S. Senate he vacated on his election to president in 2008.

Zagel said there was nothing Harris said that would require the defense to have the notes.