Blago Asks for FBI Interview Summaries of President Obama

Gov Blagojevich in happier days as gov/state photo
By Allan Lengel

Attorneys for ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich want prosecutors to turn over FBI interview summaries of President Obama.

In a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the attorneys asked for the documents known as FBI 302 reports so they can use the information to cross examine a government witness.

“In support of said motion, defendant states the following: Prior to the first trial, the defense filed a Motion for the Trial Court to Issue a Subpoena to President Barack Obama,” the motion stated. “That motion was not granted and at this time, in preparation for re-trial, Blagojevich renews the portion of the motion seeking access to the FBI 302 interview summaries of President Barack Obama.

” The instant request is made because it is believed that the government will call Tom Balanoff as a witness at retrial. The Obama 302s are likely to contain information that is necessary to prepare for the cross-examination of Balanoff.”  (Balanoff is president of the Service Employees International Union Illinois Council).

“This is not a request to interview the President or to subpoena the President and it is not intended to burden the Office of the President.”

Blago, who faces a second trial on April 20, is charged with using his office as governor to personally profit and of selling President Obama’s vacant senate seat.

Blago was convicted in the first trial on only one of 24 counts– for lying to the FBI.

Read Blago Motion

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