Blagojevich Motion to Subpoena Barack Obama, Redacted sections, Rod Blagojevich trial, April 22, 2010, Chicago Tribune

Blagojevich Motion to Subpoena Barack Obama, Redacted sections

 

The Chicago Tribune has the redacted scetions of the Blagojevich Motion to Subpoena Barack Obama on their site. Here are the redactions,

9. Yet, despite President Obama stating that no representatives of his had any part of any deals, labor union president told the FBI and the United States Attorneys 

that he
spoke to labor union official on November 3, 2008 who received a phone message
from Obama that evening. After labor union official listened to the message
labor union official told labor union president “I’m the one”. Labor union
president took that to mean that labor union official was to be the one to deliver
the message on behalf of Obama that Senate Candidate B was his pick. (Labor
union president 302, February 2, 2009, p. 7).

10. Labor union official told the FBI and the United States Attorneys“Obama expressed
his belief that [Senate Candidate B] would be a good Senator for the people of
Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election. [Labor union
official] advised Obama that [labor union official] would reach out to Governor
Blagojevich and advocate for [Senate Candidate B].. . . [Labor union official]
called [labor union president] and told [labor union president] that Obama was
aware that [labor union official] would be reaching out to Blagojevich.” (Labor
union official 302, February 3, 2009 p. 3).

11. According to Senate Candidate B

,

on November, 4 2008, Senate Candidate B
spoke with labor union official about the Senate seat. Labor union official said
he spoke to Obama. Labor union official said he was going to meet with
Blagojevich and said “he was going to push Blagojevich hard on this. According
to Senate Candidate B, labor union official’s language could have been stronger
than the language that she was reporting to the government.” (Senate Candidate
B 302, December 19, 2008).

12. On November 5, 2008, Blagojevich told John Harris that labor union official

“talked
to Barack Obama, wants to come and see me.” Blagojevich then told Harris that
labor union official “was very explicit with me, “I talked to Barack about the
Senate seat. Can I come and see ya? Can I do it tomorrow?’ I said, sure.”
(Blagojevich Home Phone Call # 261).
 

13. A supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama

suggested that she talk to the wife of
Governor Blagojevich about Senate Candidate B for Senator. (Valerie Jarrett
302, December 19, 2008). Supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama is
mentioned in a phone call on November 3, 2008, having offered “fundraising” in
exchange for Senate Candidate B for senator (Blagojevich Home Phone Call #
149).

17. President-elect Obama also

spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008
in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s
legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect
Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008 continuing through December 9, 2008.6 That conversation is relevant to the defense of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation. The defense is allowed to present evidence that corroborates the defendant’s testimony.7
Obama.

18. President-elect Obama

also suggested Senate Candidate A to Governor Blagojevich.
John Harris told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he spoke to
President’s Chief of Staff on November 12, 2008. Harris took notes of the
conversation and wrote that President’s Chief had previously worked as
Blagojevich’s press secretary. Obama agreed of Staff told Harris that Senate
Candidate A was acceptable to Obama as a senate pick. (Harris handwritten
notes, OOG1004463) President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that “he could not
say where but somewhere it was communicated to him that” Senate Candidate A
was a suggested candidate viewed as one of the four “right” candidates “by the
Obama transition team.” (Rahm Emanuel 302, p. 5, December 20, 2008). Harris
told Blagojevich Obama’s suggestion on November 12, 2008 (Blagojevich Home
Phone Call # 539).

19. President-elect Obama

was also involved in other senate candidate choices. On
December 8, 2008, John Harris’ secretary’s call log noted President’s Chief of
Staff called at 10:47 am and wrote “needs to talk to you asap” (Harris 302,
February 20, 2009). President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that he had a
conversation discussing the Senate seat with Obama on December 7, 2008 in
Obama’s car. President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI “Obama expressed concern
about Senate Candidate D being appointed as Senator. [President’s Chief of
Staff] suggested they might need an expanded list to possibly include names of
African Americans that came out of the business world. [President’s Chief of
Staff] thought he suggested Senate Candidate E who was the head of the Urban
League and with President’s Chief of Staff’s suggestion.” (President’s Chief of Staff, 302, 12-20-08).

22. However, the defense has a good faith belief that Mr. Rezko, President Obama’s former friend, fund-raiser, and neighbor told the FBI and the United States Attorneys

a different story about President Obama. In a recent in camera proceeding, the
government tendered a three paragraph letter indicating that Rezko “has stated
in interviews with the government that he engaged in election law violations by
personally contributing a large sum of cash to the campaign of a public official
who is not Rod Blagojevich. … Further, the public official denies being aware of
cash contributions to his campaign by Rezko or others and denies having
conversations with Rezko related to cash contributions. … Rezko has also stated
in interviews with the government that he believed he transmitted a quid pro quo
offer from a lobbyist to the public official, whereby the lobbyist would hold a
fundraiser for the official in exchange for favorable official action, but that the
public official rejected the offer. The public official denies any such conversation. In addition, Rezko has stated to the government that he and the public official had certain conversations about gaming legislation and administration, which the public official denies having had.”10

23. President Obama is the only one who can testify as to the veracity

 of Mr. Rezko’s allegations above.

10 The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama.

“No, I have never been asked to do
anything to advance his business interest. In 1999, when I was a State Senator, I opposed legislation to bring a
casino to Rosemont and allow casino gambling at docked riverboats which news reports said Al Johnson and Tony
Rezko were interested in being part of. I never discussed a casino license with either of them. I was a vocal
opponent of the legislation.”

Obama’s involvement with Tony Rezko and this legislation coincides with the
three paragraph summary the government has provided to the defense referenced above.
 

The redacted sections were found here:

http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/docs/obama-subpoena.html#document/p3/a11

A good faith effort was made to present the redacted sections. Any errors found will be corrected as noted.

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135 responses to “Blagojevich Motion to Subpoena Barack Obama, Redacted sections, Rod Blagojevich trial, April 22, 2010, Chicago Tribune

  1. Portuguese Revolutionary War Hero – Peter Francisco // April 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    To prove someone is NATURAL BORN CITIZEN the documentation for BOTH bilogical parents is needed as well as the Original Birth Certificate for the Candidate. All these Documents have to be authenticated and I would go one step further….

    I think what should be given is a signed release from the candidate and both parents so that the Secretary of State can ORDER THE DOCUMENTS DIRECTLY FROM THE KEEPER OF SUCH RECORDS. This way it will come Directly from the Vital Records Dept. which can be more easily authenticated rather then getting it from the candidate which could be FORGED and hard to authenticate.

  2. hmmmmm

  3. Citizen Don in California

    CW, I’m not smart enough to really understand all the legal in and outs, but I do have an opinion (same as the supreme court has an opinion).

    My opinion is that if o has information that is relavent to the case, he should be required to testify, even if it is by video, after being sworn to tell the truth and identified himself. If I remember correctly, after being sworn in, the first question is “state your name”. That would or could be very interesting. Depending on the defendants lawyer, he could ask for verification of his indentity. He supposely has had more than one name.

  4. Citizen Don in California

    Portuguese Revolutionary War Hero – Peter Francisco
    //////////////////
    In a lot of cases, it would be impossible to get signed statements from parents. Mine, for example, are deceased and I can not get a signed statement. However, after death, a birth certificate can be obtained without any expectation of privacy. That would prove the parents citizenship at birth. If Naturalized, a copy of the Naturlization papers can be obtained.

  5. citizenwells

    Citizen Don.
    The section about Rezko & BO is interesting.
    I already had 2 new articles ready to put up.
    This should be good.

  6. No Honor Between Godless & Moraly Corrupt Chicago Crooks.

  7. jbjd // April 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    OMG – APFC seems to have removed the false newspaper announcement. Let me look elsewhere… I will get back to you.

    jbjd // April 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Please, send my link to the article on my blog containing that ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ image of the unattributed newspaper birth announcement posted on APFC. I replaced the link with a screen capture of that image.

    In short, here is the proof, CBS News and Arizona Republic: THERE WAS NO CONTEMPORANEOUS NEWSPAPER BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT!

    I know that there is no proof that there ever was an announcement but can elaborate further on these post you made…I can’t find any supporting information, thanx Greg

  8. Off Topic for a second….I have an e-mail into SueK.

    “Emergence and Pathogenicity of Highly Virulent Cryptococcus gattii Genotypes in the Northwest United States”

    This may be a serious puppy because for those of you who know, fungi are serious business for many people. And it kind of looks like, from what I’m getting, that warmer weather may spread it faster.

    “Abstract Top

    Cryptococcus gattii causes life-threatening disease in otherwise healthy hosts and to a lesser extent in immunocompromised hosts. The highest incidence for this disease is on Vancouver Island, Canada, where an outbreak is expanding into neighboring regions including mainland British Columbia and the United States. This outbreak is caused predominantly by C. gattii molecular type VGII, specifically VGIIa/major. In addition, a novel genotype, VGIIc, has emerged in Oregon and is now a major source of illness in the region. Through molecular epidemiology and population analysis of MLST and VNTR markers, we show that the VGIIc group is clonal and hypothesize it arose recently. The VGIIa/IIc outbreak lineages are sexually fertile and studies support ongoing recombination in the global VGII population. This illustrates two hallmarks of emerging outbreaks: high clonality and the emergence of novel genotypes via recombination. In macrophage and murine infections, the novel VGIIc genotype and VGIIa/major isolates from the United States are highly virulent compared to similar non-outbreak VGIIa/major-related isolates. Combined MLST-VNTR analysis distinguishes clonal expansion of the VGIIa/major outbreak genotype from related but distinguishable less-virulent genotypes isolated from other geographic regions. Our evidence documents emerging hypervirulent genotypes in the United States that may expand further and provides insight into the possible molecular and geographic origins of the outbreak.
    Author Summary Top

    Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases are increasing worldwide and represent a major public health concern. One class of emerging human and animal diseases is caused by fungi. In this study, we examine the expansion on an outbreak of a fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. This fungus has been considered a tropical fungus, but emerged to cause an outbreak in the temperate climes of Vancouver Island in 1999 that is now causing disease in humans and animals in the United States. In this study we applied a method of sequence bar-coding to determine how the isolates causing disease are related to those on Vancouver Island and elsewhere globally. We also expand on the discovery of a new pathogenic strain recently identified only in Oregon and show that it is highly virulent in immune cell and whole animal virulence experiments. These studies extend our understanding of how diseases emerge in new climates and how they adapt to these regions to cause disease. Our findings suggest further expansion into neighboring regions is likely to occur and aim to increase disease awareness in the region.”

    Here is this link: http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1000850

    We need to hear from SueK, and I don’t mean to keep posting this, but I can get the idea that some are too wrapped up in Barky right now. Yeah, I understand, but this sucker can kill us and kill all of our animals. It’s already in the US too. I’ve found another place that says that it can cause meningitis. It’s some serious stuff. It used to not hardly hurt healthy people, but now it does. It’s evolved or mutated genetically.

  9. OT, but has anyone heard about Bertha Lewis’ rant regarding Tea Party movement? She was speaking before Social Democrats – Socialist Party and said
    that in her opinion, the TP movements was a
    “bowel movement.” She is some classy?!? woman. Read:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Fmr-ACORN-head-calls-Tea-Parties-bowel-movement-and-claims-theyre-coming-after-you-91754964.html

  10. SapphireSunday

    kittycat: It sounds serious and warrants some concern. It’s interesting how all these novel strains of pathogens are suddenly showing up. One consolation, not that I know much about fungi–Vancouver is located in what’s known as a temperate RAIN FOREST. These are tropical fungi appearing in a novel location, but the location is still a rain forest. They’re speculating that “climate change” is a possible cause for the spread into a new region, which probably explains some of the hype–it fits the political atmosphere. Anything to help Zero’s policies.

    The Northwest does get a LOT of rain. Fungi and moisture/humidity go hand in hand. I found this:

    ” C. gattii cannot be spread between people or between animals, or jump from animals to people. An exposure to environmental spores or cells is the only known mode of transmission.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/archives/article740578.ece

    Bottom line: Stay out of areas where the fungus is endemic, if possible. This is like with Hanta virus. It’s in the Southwest, but people still live there. They just take precautions to stay away from areas where it’s prevalent. And don’t sleep on the ground where there are a lot of peeing rodents. :)

  11. Sapphire,

    That may sound all fine and good, but it’s already spread into North America. I have family in Northern CA where it’s already spread to. And if something like this is spreading, then it’s just a matter of time that it reaches the rest of us because it’s airborne.

    Which still makes me think that it’s another one of those created things that people are doing nowadays, kind of like Barky and gang. Which it wasn’t spreading to healthy people before, but now since it’s genetically changed, then it is and to people’s animals too, dogs, cats, etc.

    Note: It’s airborne! I’m not sleeping on the ground with rats.

  12. SapphireSunday

    Gregg: You have to read jbjd’s argument to understand her logic.

    I stumbled across an editorial today, from a Hawaiian newspaper. Writes the anonymous author/editor, “If any doubt is left, both the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser included Obama’s birth in vital-statistics columns in August 1961, available on microfilm in the main state library.”

    Interesting that this writer refers readers to the main library, yet another Hawaiian reporter claimed that he got the images of the announcements from the newspaper’s archives. (The Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser are basically the same entity.)

    http://www.starbulletin.com/editorials/20090729_No_doubt_about_Obamas_birth.html

    Seriously, nobody really knows whether or not those announcements are legitimate. One would like to see a copy of the actual newspaper from 1961, given that microfilm can be doctored, as can images purportedly taken from microfilm.

  13. Has anyone been able to confirm LTC Lakin has been charged .?

  14. Citizen Don in California

    ARMY D.A.V. // April 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    //////////
    Yes, check the http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/04/22/charges-filed-against-officer-who-challenged-obamas-eligibility/

    (Apr. 22, 2010) — The American Patriot Foundation is reporting that charges have been filed against Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army medical doctor who has asked Obama to produce his long-form birth certificate to prove that he is a natural born Citizen and therefore eligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military.

  15. Where is JS, has she been on here lately?

  16. #

    Citizen Don in California // April 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    fernleygirl // April 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    ////////////////////////
    I guess now we will see if as the defendent, he gets discovery to determine if the president is in fact a legal Commander in Chief. I pray for the LtCol.
    ****
    An attorney at another site said Lakin will have to prove his allegations about Zero & that there will be no discovery.

  17. Judge holds emergency hearing re. redacted version and unredacted one. Read:
    (referenced by Drudge)

    http://cbs2chicago.com/governor/blagojevich.obama.subpoena.2.1650066.html

  18. SapphireSunday

    Kittycat, I’m not trying to argue with you but to put your mind at ease a little bit.

    My joke about rodent pee was in reference to Hanta virus, which is also airborne but it gets into the air via drying rodent pee. That’s how campers and hikers catch the disease. Sadly, it’s very deadly, too.

    As for that fungus, it still needs a moist environment in which to flourish. It takes a lot of spores in the air for it to infect a person, so it won’t likely spread to “the rest of us” if it goes airborne in CA or OR.

    There are many similar, dangerous molds out there and they have airborne spores, too.

    I’m sorry that you have relatives in CA that you worry about. If I had relatives living there, I’d be concerned, too. They need to take precautions, like wearing masks, if necessary. That is, if it’s as widespread as you believe. However, from what I read on the link you provided, it appears that the fungus they isolated in CA is a different strain.

    Did you know that Bob Dylan got very sick from breathing spores from mold growing on chicken dung? He apparently was working in a chicken coop at his farm and breathed in the spores.

    There’s a similar mold that lives in pigeon poop. Every city in the world has pigeons and that mold can be dangerous, too, if a person breathes in the spores.

    Really, I don’t want to argue. You seemed so upset that I read that long article, in an attempt to put your mind at ease.

    Peace.

  19. @ Cabby – AZ 9:49 pm:

    Do you have a copy of the .pdf with the redacted text? I understand that you can “copy all” text and paste it into Word or some other format and see the redacted text.

  20. Don…..8:40pm

    Have Barry swear to tell the truth… I almost fell out of my chair. LOL

    When has Barry ever told the truth… Barry is no George Washington!

  21. fernleygirl // April 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    An attorney at another site said Lakin will have to prove his allegations about Zero & that there will be no discovery.
    ________

    Sounds like yet another Civilian Law Attorney talking-head trying to apply the standards of Civilian Law to Military Law.

    In Military Law the Lt. Col. is a defendant in a Courts-Martial. He is therefore entitled to discovery.

  22. ARMY D.A.V. // April 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Has anyone been able to confirm LTC Lakin has been charged?
    ________

    Have Not heard either way as of yet Army Dave. Lots of hushed talk around the water coolers at the Pentagon, but nothing solid.

  23. kittycat // April 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Kitty, check your e-mail.

    I’m not back to work until the first week of May, so I have no additional info at this point.

    I think we need to take a deep breath and monitor this; nothing tells me that it’s an epidemic right now. The science doesn’t tell us yet if this fungus is something that could be naturally occurring, or not possible in nature (like H1N1).

    Let’s sit tight on this one until we get more info.

  24. from what I’ve heard this week, there are really only 2 UCMJ violations they can Courts-Martial him on:

    Missing Movement (Lesser offence than AWOL)
    Conduct Unbecomming an Officer (ant that is streatching it)

  25. Bankroller – 10:13PM:
    “Do you have a copy of the .pdf with the redacted text? I understand that you can “copy all” text and paste it into Word or some other format and see the redacted text.”
    *****************************
    No, I don’t. The only reference was to CW’s posting at top of this thread, which is for redacted portions only. (referring back to CW’s prior thread, I read the redacted version) I don’t have any reference to the full text. Sorry.

  26. SapphireSunday // April 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    So what?/
    I read the announcements were automatically generated from the Hawaii Dept of Health…..then presented to papers ……doesn’t prove a thing..since the idea is Granny gave the info of a home birth to get the paper filed to begin with.

  27. SapphireSunday // April 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Hi SapphireSunday,

    You’re spot on in your assessment, here.

    I evaluate molds for a living; it’s everywhere and has been since the creation of this planet. It’s not the mold that causes a problem rather, one’s reaction to it. Same thing with fungi.

    My cousin lives in the greater Tucson area now, and several years ago she came down with Valley Fever. Cabby – AZ sure knows about this one; it’s also a fungus. Thank goodness it cycled out and she finally felt better with the help of her docs down there.

    The plan is to do exactly what we’re doing now with Barky and his thugs: Monitor and stay informed. The best source of info regarding this is your local health department; I’m sure they’re aware of it and are watching it closely.

    Not a panic situation at this point.

  28. An attorney at another site said Lakin will have to prove his allegations about Zero & that there will be no discovery
    This I don’t get—help me understand……if my neighbor filed complaints against me for uh..uh..thinking here…. uh,uh …abusing my animals……..wouldn’t I have to prove I wasn’t???

  29. Greg Goss and Sapphire Sunday and Everyone,

    The evidence that no newspaper has published a contemporaneous announcement of BO’s birth is this: the only people who claim such evidence exists, have failed to produce this evidence, when the production of such evidence would have been expected. For example, on the site of APFC is noted, a contemporaneous announcement exists but, APFC fails to produce this announcement. Instead, they grab – literally – an image from another blog, posted there anonymously. How do we know? APFC said so. Yet, based on this confiscated unattributed image, APFC says, the evidence is clear, BO was born in HI. And, later on, Bob Bauer asked federal Judge Robertson to take judicial notice, APFC “noted” a contemporaneous birth announcement. See, double triple anonymous hearsay!

    It’s on my blog.

    http://jbjd.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/rumors-lies-and-unsubstantiated-facts/

    and for Bob Bauer’s famous footnote, see
    COUNSEL for DNC SERVICES CORPORATION PERFORMS 3-CARD MONTE for FEDERAL COURT http://jbjd.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/counsel-for-dnc-services-corporation-performs-3-card-monte-for-federal-court/; and BOB BAUER, RUMORED-TO-BE NEXT WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL to FEDERAL COURT: F*** YOU! http://jbjd.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/bob-bauer-rumored-to-be-next-white-house-counsel-to-federal-court-f-you/

  30. in plain english what is all this redacted stuff about regarding obama ???

  31. “Has anyone been able to confirm LTC Lakin has been charged ?”

    Yes, Col. Lakin has been charged. Story is at top of page:

    http://www.thepostemail.com

  32. Though I can’t or am too lazy to find the actual data that backs my statement, Obama has brought his “pay for play” action to the WH. A few months ago he was offering ambassadorships to various countries to the highest bidders. No, he wasn’t actually holding an auction but it was real clear that these positions were offered for pay.

    All he knows is the sum total of what he has been taught by Communists and Chicago thugs about politics. Why on earth after he entered the WH would he suddenly develop good moral character, old family class, and a passion for the greatness of America. All he knows is grabbing power at any cost.

  33. Hi, Sue K (11:04PM) -
    Your mentioning Valley Fever brings memories back. When we first moved to Phoenix about 50 yrs. ago, my Mom got very ill. The doc did not diagnose it as VF, but we often felt that she had contracted it. They say that if one lives in AZ for a number of years, it is most likely one has had it – a light case – at sometime.

    I have known of people that suffered months of debilitating illness from it, however. Here we have to avoid the dry dust which contains spores. We also had an outbreak of that disease mentioned earlier that comes from the droppings of mice. There was quite an epidemic up on the Indian reservation a number of years ago. So, these things are around, that’s for sure.

  34. Ok, Before it goes away and they rip it from the web. Here is the Unredacted Motion to Subpeona BHO by Rod Blagojevich.

    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
    EASTERN DIVISION
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )
    )
    v. ) 08CR888
    )
    ) Judge James B. Zagel
    ROD BLAGOJEVICH )
    MOTION FOR THE COURT TO ISSUE A TRIAL SUBPOENA TO
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
    Now Comes Defendant Rod Blagojevich, by and through his counsels and hereby
    requests this court issue a subpoena ad testificandum for President Barack Obama. In support of
    said motion, defendant states the following:1
    1. President Barack Obama was elected November 4, 2008 and was inaugurated January
    20, 2009. Before being elected President, Mr. Obama was a United States Senator
    from Illinois.
    2. As a result of the election of Mr. Obama, his Senate seat was open for appointment by
    Governor Rod Blagojevich.
    3. The charges against Mr. Blagojevich stem from his appointment of President-elect
    Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
    4. According to media reports, President Obama was interviewed by two United States
    attorneys and two FBI agents for two hours.2
    1 Although it is the defense’s position that all tapes and sealed information be made public, to comply with the
    Protective Order of April 14, 2009, portions that contain sealed information provided by the government have been
    redacted. The defense, however, urges this Court unseal the entire motion. See, this court’s order dated April 14,
    2010 (document 305) “Redaction, in cases where the redacted words are relevant to the case and considered in
    reaching a decision, is still permitted but discouraged.” See In re Krynicki, 983 F.2d 74, 75 (7th Cir. 1992)
    (“Information that is used at trial or otherwise become the basis of decision enters the public record.”) (citation
    omitted). The case for redaction has to be proven not presumed. … But it is clear that the remedy to the objection
    that a portion of a statement may be misleading to the public (and the jury pool) is not redaction but disclosure of the
    omitted portion. Disclosure of written material a month and a half before the beginning of trial does not come close
    to presenting a significant threat that a fair jury cannot be found. The experience of the courts in cases which attract
    significant news coverage has shown that pretrial news reporting is an overstated menace to fair jury trials.”
    2 “Barack Obama questioned by FBI agents over Blagojevich Illinois senate seat scandal”, Toby Harnden, The
    Telegraph, December 26, 2008.
    Case 1:08-cr-00888 Document 327 Filed 04/22/10 Page 1 of 11
    2
    5. On December 19, 2009, the defense filed a Motion for Discovery. In that motion, the
    defense requested all notes, transcripts, and reports generated from the government’s
    interview of President Barack Obama.
    6. As of today’s date, the defense has not received any notes, transcripts, or reports from
    President Obama’s interview with the government.
    7. The government alleges that Defendant Rod Blagojevich met “with a labor union
    official who he believed to be in contact with the President-elect in regard to the
    vacant Senate seat, and suggested to the labor union official that Rod Blagojevich
    would appoint Senate Candidate B to the vacant Senate seat in exchange for Rod
    Blagojevich being named Secretary of Health and Human Services.” (Indictment p.
    101, para. 10(c)).
    8. President Obama has stated publicly that he was “confident that no representatives of
    mine would have any part of any deals3 related to this seat.”4
    9. Yet, despite President Obama stating that no representatives of his had any part of
    any deals, labor union president told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he
    spoke to labor union official on November 3, 2008 who received a phone message
    from Obama that evening. After labor union official listened to the message
    labor union official told labor union president “I’m the one”. Labor union
    president took that to mean that labor union official was to be the one to deliver
    the message on behalf of Obama that Senate Candidate B was his pick. (Labor
    union president 302, February 2, 2009, p. 7).
    10. Labor union official told the FBI and the United States Attorneys “Obama expressed
    his belief that [Senate Candidate B] would be a good Senator for the people of
    Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election. [Labor union
    official] advised Obama that [labor union official] would reach out to Governor
    Blagojevich and advocate for [Senate Candidate B].. . . [Labor union official]
    called [labor union president] and told [labor union president] that Obama was
    aware that [labor union official] would be reaching out to Blagojevich.” (Labor
    union official 302, February 3, 2009 p. 3).
    3 Deal is defined as a “transaction; bargain; contract; an arrangement for mutual advantage.” Merriam-Webster
    Online Dictionary. A deal requires two willing participants.
    4 President-elect Barack Obama press conference, December 11, 2008.
    Case 1:08-cr-00888 Document 327 Filed 04/22/10 Page 2 of 11
    3
    11. According to Senate Candidate B, on November, 4 2008, Senate Candidate B
    spoke with labor union official about the Senate seat. Labor union official said
    he spoke to Obama. Labor union official said he was going to meet with
    Blagojevich and said “he was going to push Blagojevich hard on this. According
    to Senate Candidate B, labor union official’s language could have been stronger
    than the language that she was reporting to the government.” (Senate Candidate
    B 302, December 19, 2008).
    12. On November 5, 2008, Blagojevich told John Harris that labor union official “talked
    to Barack Obama, wants to come and see me.” Blagojevich then told Harris that
    labor union official “was very explicit with me, “I talked to Barack about the
    Senate seat. Can I come and see ya? Can I do it tomorrow?’ I said, sure.”
    (Blagojevich Home Phone Call # 261).
    13. A supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama suggested that she talk to the wife of
    Governor Blagojevich about Senate Candidate B for Senator. (Valerie Jarrett
    302, December 19, 2008). Supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama is
    mentioned in a phone call on November 3, 2008, having offered “fundraising” in
    exchange for Senate Candidate B for senator (Blagojevich Home Phone Call #
    149).
    14. President Obama has direct knowledge to allegations made in the indictment. In
    addition, President Obama’s public statements contradict other witness statements,
    specifically those made by labor union official and Senate Candidate B. It is
    anticipated that labor union official will be a witness for the government. His
    accounts of events directly related to the charges in the indictment are contradicted by
    President Obama’s public statement.
    15. Even the prosecutor in this case indicated “there’s no allegation that the presidentelect
    – there’s no reference in the complaint to any conversations involving presidentelect
    or indicating that the president-elect was aware of it.”5
    16. There are two conflicting stories and the defense has the right to admit evidence that
    contradicts the government’s claims. Only President Obama can do this.
    17. President-elect Obama also spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008
    in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s
    legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect
    5
    “Fitzgerald Press Conference on Blagojevich. Transcript.” Chicago Sun Times, Lynn Sweet, December 9, 2008.
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    Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008
    continuing through December 9, 2008.6 That conversation is relevant to the defense
    of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and
    President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation. The defense is
    allowed to present evidence that corroborates the defendant’s testimony.7
    18. President-elect Obama also suggested Senate Candidate A to Governor Blagojevich.
    John Harris told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he spoke to
    President’s Chief of Staff on November 12, 2008. Harris took notes of the
    conversation and wrote that President’s Chief had previously worked as
    Blagojevich’s press secretary. Obama agreed of Staff told Harris that Senate
    Candidate A was acceptable to Obama as a senate pick. (Harris handwritten
    notes, OOG1004463) President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that “he could not
    say where but somewhere it was communicated to him that” Senate Candidate A
    was a suggested candidate viewed as one of the four “right” candidates “by the
    Obama transition team.” (Rahm Emanuel 302, p. 5, December 20, 2008). Harris
    told Blagojevich Obama’s suggestion on November 12, 2008 (Blagojevich Home
    Phone Call # 539).
    19. President-elect Obama was also involved in other senate candidate choices. On
    December 8, 2008, John Harris’ secretary’s call log noted President’s Chief of
    Staff called at 10:47 am and wrote “needs to talk to you asap” (Harris 302,
    February 20, 2009). President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that he had a
    conversation discussing the Senate seat with Obama on December 7, 2008 in
    Obama’s car. President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI “Obama expressed concern
    about Senate Candidate D being appointed as Senator. [President’s Chief of
    Staff] suggested they might need an expanded list to possibly include names of
    African Americans that came out of the business world. [President’s Chief of
    Staff] thought he suggested Senate Candidate E who was the head of the Urban
    6 See, Paragraph 38, Indictment entitled “Efforts to Obtain Personal Financial Benefits for ROD BLAGOJEVICH in
    Return for his Appointment of a United States Senator.” The paragraph states: “Beginning in or about October
    2008, and continuing until on or about December 9, 2008 . . .”
    7 See, Wisconsin ex rel. Monsoor v. Gagnan, 497 F.2d 1126 (7th Cir. 1974) (holding that the state trial court
    committed reversible error and violated the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and compulsory
    process by striking the testimony of the only corroborating witness to a phone call that related directly to the
    defendant’s defense), citing Braswell v.Wainwright, 463 F.2d 1148, 1155-56 (5th Cir. 1972) (holding that “Closely
    related to [the defendant’s] Sixth Amendment right is his right to a fair trial – - to due process. [The defendant] had a
    right to at least present the testimony of his sole corroborating witness to the jury. That the jury might still have
    returned a guilty verdict is beside the point; judgment of the credibility of witnesses is for the trier of fact.”)
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    League and with President’s Chief of Staff’s suggestion.” (President’s Chief of
    Staff, 302, 12-20-08).
    20. President Barack Obama has direct knowledge of the Senate seat allegation.
    President Obama’s testimony is relevant to three fundamental issues of that
    allegation. First, President Obama contradicts the testimony of an important
    government witness. Second, President Obama’s testimony is relevant to the
    necessary element of intent of the defendant. Third, President Obama is the only one
    who can say if emissaries were sent on his behalf, who those emissaries were, and
    what, if anything, those emissaries were instructed to do on his behalf. All of these
    issues are relevant and necessary for the defense of Rod Blagojevich.
    21. Tony Rezko is one of the government’s main witnesses.8 Mr. Rezko’s credibility is
    extremely relevant in this trial. In many instances, Mr. Rezko is the government’s
    crucial witness to prove up their allegations.9 Mr. Rezko wrote a letter to a federal
    judge stating “the prosecutors have been overzealous in pursuing a crime that never
    happened. They are pressuring me to tell them the “wrong” things that I supposedly
    know about Governor Blagojevich and Senator Obama. I have never been a party to
    any wrongdoing that involved the Governor or the Senator. I will never fabricate lies
    about anyone else for selfish purposes.” (Exhibit A)
    22. However, the defense has a good faith belief that Mr. Rezko, President Obama’s
    former friend, fund-raiser, and neighbor told the FBI and the United States Attorneys
    a different story about President Obama. In a recent in camera proceeding, the
    government tendered a three paragraph letter indicating that Rezko “has stated
    in interviews with the government that he engaged in election law violations by
    personally contributing a large sum of cash to the campaign of a public official
    who is not Rod Blagojevich. … Further, the public official denies being aware of
    cash contributions to his campaign by Rezko or others and denies having
    conversations with Rezko related to cash contributions. … Rezko has also stated
    in interviews with the government that he believed he transmitted a quid pro quo
    offer from a lobbyist to the public official, whereby the lobbyist would hold a
    fundraiser for the official in exchange for favorable official action, but that the
    8 The defense has requested that the government provide a witness list. To date, the government has not provided a
    list of witnesses.
    9 See, Counts 1, 2, and 3 of the Indictment. The Pension Obligation Bond Deal ( p. 9 (para. 7), p. 48 (para. 6)); The
    Solicitation of Ali Ata (p. 9 (para. 9)), Benefits Given to Rod Blagojevich (Rezko directed or provided payments to
    Rod Blagojevich’s wife) (p. 53 (para. 9 (a.), (b.), (c.))), Blagojevich used the power of the Office of the Governor to
    give Rezko substantial influence over appointments to boards and commissions (p. 8 (para. 5)) (p. 13 (para. 18)) (p.
    42 (para. 4-5)) (p. 47 (para. 4)) (p. 53 (para. 17)).
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    public official rejected the offer. The public official denies any such
    conversation. In addition, Rezko has stated to the government that he and the
    public official had certain conversations about gaming legislation and
    administration, which the public official denies having had.”10
    23. President Obama is the only one who can testify as to the veracity of Mr. Rezko’s
    allegations above.
    24. President Obama has pertinent information as to the character of Mr. Rezko.
    President Obama can testify to Mr. Rezko’s reputation for truthfulness as well as his
    own opinion of Mr. Rezko’s character. See, Fed. R. Evid. 405(a) and 608. Mr.
    Rezko and President Obama became friends in 1990. According to President Obama,
    Mr. Rezko raised as much as $60,000 in campaign contributions for Obama.11
    25. Based on the relationship that President Obama and Mr. Rezko had, President Obama
    can provide important information as to Mr. Rezko’s plan, intent, opportunity, habit
    and modus operandi. See, Fed. R. Evid. 404(b) and 406. For example, in June 2005,
    President Obama purchased a house for $1.65 million, $300,000 below the asking
    price. On the same day Tony Rezko’s wife, Rita, paid full price — $625,000 — for the
    adjoining land. In January 2006, Obama paid Mr. Rezko $104,500 for a strip of the
    adjoining land. The transaction took place when it was widely known that Mr. Rezko
    was under investigation.12 President Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko is
    relevant and necessary Fed. R. Evid. 404(b) and 406 evidence.
    26. Regarding a Presidential subpoena, the Supreme Court has held that:
    “The right to the production of all evidence at a criminal trial . . . has
    constitutional dimensions. The Sixth Amendment explicitly confers upon
    10 The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama. See, “Obama on Rezko deal: It
    was a mistake”, Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco, and Mark Brown, Chicago Sun Times, November 5, 2006. Senator
    Barack Obama was asked: “Did Rezko or his companies ever solicit your support on any matter involving state or
    federal government? Did Al Johnson, who was trying to get a casino license along with Tony Rezko, or Rezko
    himself ever discuss casino matters with you?” Senator Obama answered: “No, I have never been asked to do
    anything to advance his business interest. In 1999, when I was a State Senator, I opposed legislation to bring a
    casino to Rosemont and allow casino gambling at docked riverboats which news reports said Al Johnson and Tony
    Rezko were interested in being part of. I never discussed a casino license with either of them. I was a vocal
    opponent of the legislation.” Obama’s involvement with Tony Rezko and this legislation coincides with the
    three paragraph summary the government has provided to the defense referenced above.
    11
    “Obama on Rezko deal: It was a mistake”, Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco, and Mark Brown, Chicago Sun Times,
    November 5, 2006.
    12
    “8 Things you need to know about Obama and Rezko”, Tim Novak, Chicago Sun Times, January 24, 2008.
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    every defendant in a criminal trial the right ‘to be confronted with the
    witnesses against him’ and ‘to have compulsory process for obtaining
    witnesses in his favor.’ Moreover, the Fifth Amendment also guarantees that
    no person shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law. It is the
    manifest duty of the courts to vindicate those guarantees, and to accomplish
    that it is essential that all relevant and admissible evidence be produced.”
    United States v. Nixon, 418 US 683, 711 (1974).
    27. Although it is not commonplace to subpoena a sitting President, the Supreme Court
    has noted that sitting Presidents have been subpoenaed by federal courts with
    “sufficient frequency that such interactions between the Judicial and Executive
    branches can scarcely be thought a novelty.” Clinton v. Jones, 520 US 681, 704, 137
    L.Ed. 2d 945, 967 (1997).
    28. Indeed, history is replete with cases in which Presidents have been subpoenaed or
    have provided evidence in federal cases.13
    29. In addition to criminal trials, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F.
    Kennedy were defendants in civil cases involving actions prior to taking office.
    Clinton v. Jones, 520 US at 692, citing People ex rel. Hurley v. Roosevelt, 179 N.Y.
    544, 71 N.E. 1137 (1904); DeVault v. Truman, 354 Mo. 1193, 194 S.W.2d 29 (1946);
    Bailey v. Kennedy, No. 757,200 (Cal. Super. Ct. 1960); Hills v. Kennedy, No. 757,201
    (Cal. Super. Ct. 1960). President Nixon was deposed in several civil actions and
    13 See, United States v. Burr, 25 F. Cas. 30 (No. 14,692d) (CC Va. 1807) (President Thomas Jefferson ordered to
    comply with a subpoena duces tecum in the trial of Aaron Burr); Rotunda, Presidents and Ex-Presidents as
    Witnesses: A Brief Historical Footnote, 1975 U. Ill. L. F. 1, 5-6 (referencing President Monroe’s answers to
    interrogatories in the trial of an appointee, whose meetings with the President were cited as contributing factors to
    accusations he received his job appointment under “intrigue and misconduct” and also references a lengthy
    deposition given by President Grant in a criminal case); United States v. Nixon, 418 US 683, 41 L.Ed. 2d 1039
    (1974) (The Supreme Court held that President Nixon was obligated to comply with a subpoena duces tecum in a
    criminal trial); United States v. Poindexter, 732 F. Supp. 142, 145, citing to United States v. Mitchell, 385 F.Supp
    1190 (D.D.C. 1974) and United States v. Haldeman, 559 F.Supp.2d 31, 80-81 (D.C. Cir. 1976) (where President
    Nixon was subpoenaed by the Government and defendants in criminal trials of his appointees resulting from the
    Watergate scandal); United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp. 578 (ED Cal. 1975) (where President Ford was
    subpoenaed and deposed as a defense witness in the criminal trial of the woman accused of attempting to assassinate
    him); United States v. Poindexter, 732 F.Supp. at 145 (D.D.C. 1990) (referring to President Carter’s videotaped
    deposition in a criminal trial and a separate grand jury investigation); Id., at 144-46, 159-60 (where President
    Reagan was ordered to testify via videotaped deposition in the criminal trial resulting from the Iran-Contra affair);
    and Clinton v. Jones, 520 US at 705, citing United States v. McDougal, 934 F. Supp. 296 (ED Ark. 1996) and
    United States v. Branscum, No. LRP-CR-96-49 (ED Ark., June 7, 1996) (referencing President Clinton’s compelled
    testimony via videotaped deposition in two criminal proceedings, including as an impeachment witness for the
    defense in the McDougal case).
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    Presidents Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Tyler and Adams were compelled to appear before
    congressional committees. United States v. Poindexter, 732 F. Supp at 145.
    30. It is well settled that the Federal Courts have subpoena power over a sitting
    President. Chief Justice Marshall’s early opinion from the Burr case has
    been “unequivocally and emphatically endorsed” by the Supreme Court and
    other federal courts. See, United States v. Nixon, 418 US at 706; Clinton v.
    Jones, 520 US at 704.
    “Whatever difference may exist with respect to the power to compel the
    same obedience to the process, as if it had been directed to a private
    citizen, there exists no difference with respect to the right to obtain it. …
    The guard, furnished to this high officer, to protect him from being
    harassed by vexatious and unnecessary subpoenas, is to be looked for in
    the conduct of a court after those subpoenas have issued; not in any
    circumstance which is to precede their being issued.” United States v.
    Fromme, 405 F. Supp. At 582, citing United States v. Burr, at p.30.
    31. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that “the twofold aim [of criminal justice]
    is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.” United States v. Nixon, supra, citing
    Berger v. United States, 295 US 78, 88 (1935). The Court continued, in Nixon, that
    “the need to develop all relevant facts in the adversary system is both fundamental
    and comprehensive. The ends of criminal justice would be defeated if judgments were
    to be founded on a partial or speculative presentation of the facts. . . To ensure that
    justice is done, it is imperative to the function of courts that compulsory process be
    available for the production of evidence needed either by the prosecution or by the
    defense.” United States v. Nixon, 418 US at 709. In sum,
    [Federal precedent holds that] no person, even a President, is above the
    law and that in appropriate judicial proceedings, documents and other
    tangible evidence within the very office of the President may be obtained
    for use in those judicial proceedings. Similarly, where the President
    himself is a percipient witness to an alleged criminal act, the President
    must be amenable to subpoena as any other person would be. United
    States v. Fromme,405 F.Supp. at 582 (emphasis added).
    32. Here, President Obama is a critical witness. All of President Obama’s testimony
    would entail evidence he witnessed before he became president and does not involve
    Executive Privilege. As the District Court ruled in Fromme:
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    “Notwithstanding the burden which is imposed on the person of the
    President if he is called to testify as a witness in a criminal trial, this
    court has an even heavier burden to ensure a fair and a speedy trial to
    the accused, with total regard for all the rights and protections afforded
    an accused under the law of this land.
    ‘[The] allowance of the [Executive] privilege to withhold evidence that
    is demonstrably relevant in a criminal trial would cut deeply into the
    guarantee of due process of law and gravely impair the basic function of
    the courts.’” United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp. at 583 (emphasis
    added)(citations omitted), citing United States v. Nixon, 418 US at 712.
    33. President Obama has direct and intimate knowledge of facts alleged in the indictment.
    Indeed, the President is a percipient witness. United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp.
    at 581. President Obama is a witness to the conduct alleged as well as an
    impeachment witness to at least two of the government’s critical witnesses.14
    34. The defense does not take lightly the overwhelming schedule the President has and
    the security constraints surrounding his testimony. A videotape deposition will
    remedy both of those legitimate concerns. See, Fed. R. Crim. Pro. 15 and see also,
    United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp. at 582 (videotape deposition “protect[s] the
    accused’s rights under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution while
    at the same time imposing the least onerous burden on the person and the office of the
    President of the United States.”).
    35. The defense requests that, if this court grants a videotape deposition in lieu of in-court
    testimony, defense counsel be permitted to conduct the examination of President
    Obama after the government’s case in chief. See, United States v. McDougal, 103
    F.3d 651 (ED Ark. 1996) and 943 F.Supp. 296 (ED Ark. 1996) (videotaped
    deposition of President Clinton which took place at the White House, and because
    President Clinton was called as a defense witness to impeach David Hale, the Court
    ordered that President Clinton not testify until after the in-court testimony of David
    Hale.).
    36. The defendant has a right to put on a case and challenge the allegations the
    government attempts to prove. President Obama is relevant and necessary to the
    14 Joseph Aramanda is another government witness that President Obama can testify to as well. Joseph Aramanda’s
    son, John Aramanda, received an internship with then-Senator Obama. Joseph Aramanda contributed $11,500 to
    Obama since 2000 and John Aramanda was recommended by Tony Rezko. Internship also links Obama, Rezko,
    Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times, December 24, 2006. President Obama will be able to provide relevant information
    as to Joseph Aramanda. See, para. 24 and 25, supra.
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    defendant’s case. The defense understands that the President of the United States of
    America is not a routine witness and would not request his appearance if it did not
    think he was critical to the liberty of Rod Blagojevich. Whatever security or
    scheduling concerns can be reduced by arranging for the most convenient
    presentation of testimony. The President can testify via video conference or can be
    deposed outside of court at an evidence deposition. These options would satisfy the
    defendant’s fundamental right to a fair trial and security and scheduling concerns.
    37. The defense requests this court grant this motion not because Rod Blagojevich was
    the Governor of Illinois, but because he is a defendant in a criminal case where his
    liberty and freedom are at stake. Likewise, the defense requests this court grant this
    motion to issue a subpoena ad testificandum to President Obama, not because he is
    the President of the United States, but rather because he is a witness necessary to Rod
    Blagojevich’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. Justice requires no more and no less.
    “it would be inconceivable — in a Republic that subscribes neither to the
    ancient doctrine of the divine right of kings nor to the more modern
    conceit of dictators that they are not accountable to the people whom
    they claim to represent or to their courts of law — to exempt [the
    President] from the duty of every citizen to give evidence that will
    permit the reaching of a just outcome of this criminal prosecution.
    Defendant has shown that the evidence of the . . . President is needed to
    protect his right to a fair trial, and he will be given the opportunity to
    secure that evidence.” United States v. Poindexter, 732 F. Supp at 159.
    WHEREFORE, defendant Rod Blagojevich respectfully requests this Honorable Court
    order the government turn over to the defense any and all reports generated during any and all
    interviews had with President Barack Obama and issue a subpoena ad testificandum for
    President Obama to appear at the trial of United States v. Rod Blagojevich.
    Respectfully submitted,
    /s/ Sam Adam
    Sheldon Sorosky
    Sam Adam
    Michael Gillespie
    Samuel E. Adam
    Aaron Goldstein
    Lauren Kaeseberg
    6133 S. Ellis
    Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 752-6950
    Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich, Defendant
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    CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
    The undersigned hereby certifies that Defendant’s MOTION FOR THE COURT TO
    ISSUE A TRIAL SUBPOENA TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA was served on April 22,
    2010, in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 49, Fed. R. Civ. P. LR 5.5, and the General Order on
    Electronic Case Filing (ECF) pursuant to the district court’s system as to ECF filers.
    /s/ Sam Adam
    One of the attorneys for Rod Blagojevich
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  35. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
    EASTERN DIVISION
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )
    )
    v. ) 08CR888
    )
    ) Judge James B. Zagel
    ROD BLAGOJEVICH )
    MOTION FOR THE COURT TO ISSUE A TRIAL SUBPOENA TO
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
    Now Comes Defendant Rod Blagojevich, by and through his counsels and hereby
    requests this court issue a subpoena ad testificandum for President Barack Obama. In support of
    said motion, defendant states the following:1
    1. President Barack Obama was elected November 4, 2008 and was inaugurated January
    20, 2009. Before being elected President, Mr. Obama was a United States Senator
    from Illinois.
    2. As a result of the election of Mr. Obama, his Senate seat was open for appointment by
    Governor Rod Blagojevich.
    3. The charges against Mr. Blagojevich stem from his appointment of President-elect
    Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
    4. According to media reports, President Obama was interviewed by two United States
    attorneys and two FBI agents for two hours.2
    1 Although it is the defense’s position that all tapes and sealed information be made public, to comply with the
    Protective Order of April 14, 2009, portions that contain sealed information provided by the government have been
    redacted. The defense, however, urges this Court unseal the entire motion. See, this court’s order dated April 14,
    2010 (document 305) “Redaction, in cases where the redacted words are relevant to the case and considered in
    reaching a decision, is still permitted but discouraged.” See In re Krynicki, 983 F.2d 74, 75 (7th Cir. 1992)
    (“Information that is used at trial or otherwise become the basis of decision enters the public record.”) (citation
    omitted). The case for redaction has to be proven not presumed. … But it is clear that the remedy to the objection
    that a portion of a statement may be misleading to the public (and the jury pool) is not redaction but disclosure of the
    omitted portion. Disclosure of written material a month and a half before the beginning of trial does not come close
    to presenting a significant threat that a fair jury cannot be found. The experience of the courts in cases which attract
    significant news coverage has shown that pretrial news reporting is an overstated menace to fair jury trials.”
    2 “Barack Obama questioned by FBI agents over Blagojevich Illinois senate seat scandal”, Toby Harnden, The
    Telegraph, December 26, 2008.
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    5. On December 19, 2009, the defense filed a Motion for Discovery. In that motion, the
    defense requested all notes, transcripts, and reports generated from the government’s
    interview of President Barack Obama.
    6. As of today’s date, the defense has not received any notes, transcripts, or reports from
    President Obama’s interview with the government.
    7. The government alleges that Defendant Rod Blagojevich met “with a labor union
    official who he believed to be in contact with the President-elect in regard to the
    vacant Senate seat, and suggested to the labor union official that Rod Blagojevich
    would appoint Senate Candidate B to the vacant Senate seat in exchange for Rod
    Blagojevich being named Secretary of Health and Human Services.” (Indictment p.
    101, para. 10(c)).
    8. President Obama has stated publicly that he was “confident that no representatives of
    mine would have any part of any deals3 related to this seat.”4
    9. Yet, despite President Obama stating that no representatives of his had any part of
    any deals, labor union president told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he
    spoke to labor union official on November 3, 2008 who received a phone message
    from Obama that evening. After labor union official listened to the message
    labor union official told labor union president “I’m the one”. Labor union
    president took that to mean that labor union official was to be the one to deliver
    the message on behalf of Obama that Senate Candidate B was his pick. (Labor
    union president 302, February 2, 2009, p. 7).
    10. Labor union official told the FBI and the United States Attorneys “Obama expressed
    his belief that [Senate Candidate B] would be a good Senator for the people of
    Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election. [Labor union
    official] advised Obama that [labor union official] would reach out to Governor
    Blagojevich and advocate for [Senate Candidate B].. . . [Labor union official]
    called [labor union president] and told [labor union president] that Obama was
    aware that [labor union official] would be reaching out to Blagojevich.” (Labor
    union official 302, February 3, 2009 p. 3).
    3 Deal is defined as a “transaction; bargain; contract; an arrangement for mutual advantage.” Merriam-Webster
    Online Dictionary. A deal requires two willing participants.
    4 President-elect Barack Obama press conference, December 11, 2008.
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    11. According to Senate Candidate B, on November, 4 2008, Senate Candidate B
    spoke with labor union official about the Senate seat. Labor union official said
    he spoke to Obama. Labor union official said he was going to meet with
    Blagojevich and said “he was going to push Blagojevich hard on this. According
    to Senate Candidate B, labor union official’s language could have been stronger
    than the language that she was reporting to the government.” (Senate Candidate
    B 302, December 19, 2008).
    12. On November 5, 2008, Blagojevich told John Harris that labor union official “talked
    to Barack Obama, wants to come and see me.” Blagojevich then told Harris that
    labor union official “was very explicit with me, “I talked to Barack about the
    Senate seat. Can I come and see ya? Can I do it tomorrow?’ I said, sure.”
    (Blagojevich Home Phone Call # 261).
    13. A supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama suggested that she talk to the wife of
    Governor Blagojevich about Senate Candidate B for Senator. (Valerie Jarrett
    302, December 19, 2008). Supporter of Presidential Candidate Obama is
    mentioned in a phone call on November 3, 2008, having offered “fundraising” in
    exchange for Senate Candidate B for senator (Blagojevich Home Phone Call #
    149).
    14. President Obama has direct knowledge to allegations made in the indictment. In
    addition, President Obama’s public statements contradict other witness statements,
    specifically those made by labor union official and Senate Candidate B. It is
    anticipated that labor union official will be a witness for the government. His
    accounts of events directly related to the charges in the indictment are contradicted by
    President Obama’s public statement.
    15. Even the prosecutor in this case indicated “there’s no allegation that the presidentelect
    – there’s no reference in the complaint to any conversations involving presidentelect
    or indicating that the president-elect was aware of it.”5
    16. There are two conflicting stories and the defense has the right to admit evidence that
    contradicts the government’s claims. Only President Obama can do this.
    17. President-elect Obama also spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008
    in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s
    legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect
    5
    “Fitzgerald Press Conference on Blagojevich. Transcript.” Chicago Sun Times, Lynn Sweet, December 9, 2008.
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    Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008
    continuing through December 9, 2008.6 That conversation is relevant to the defense
    of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and
    President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation. The defense is
    allowed to present evidence that corroborates the defendant’s testimony.7
    18. President-elect Obama also suggested Senate Candidate A to Governor Blagojevich.
    John Harris told the FBI and the United States Attorneys that he spoke to
    President’s Chief of Staff on November 12, 2008. Harris took notes of the
    conversation and wrote that President’s Chief had previously worked as
    Blagojevich’s press secretary. Obama agreed of Staff told Harris that Senate
    Candidate A was acceptable to Obama as a senate pick. (Harris handwritten
    notes, OOG1004463) President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that “he could not
    say where but somewhere it was communicated to him that” Senate Candidate A
    was a suggested candidate viewed as one of the four “right” candidates “by the
    Obama transition team.” (Rahm Emanuel 302, p. 5, December 20, 2008). Harris
    told Blagojevich Obama’s suggestion on November 12, 2008 (Blagojevich Home
    Phone Call # 539).
    19. President-elect Obama was also involved in other senate candidate choices. On
    December 8, 2008, John Harris’ secretary’s call log noted President’s Chief of
    Staff called at 10:47 am and wrote “needs to talk to you asap” (Harris 302,
    February 20, 2009). President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that he had a
    conversation discussing the Senate seat with Obama on December 7, 2008 in
    Obama’s car. President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI “Obama expressed concern
    about Senate Candidate D being appointed as Senator. [President’s Chief of
    Staff] suggested they might need an expanded list to possibly include names of
    African Americans that came out of the business world. [President’s Chief of
    Staff] thought he suggested Senate Candidate E who was the head of the Urban
    6 See, Paragraph 38, Indictment entitled “Efforts to Obtain Personal Financial Benefits for ROD BLAGOJEVICH in
    Return for his Appointment of a United States Senator.” The paragraph states: “Beginning in or about October
    2008, and continuing until on or about December 9, 2008 . . .”
    7 See, Wisconsin ex rel. Monsoor v. Gagnan, 497 F.2d 1126 (7th Cir. 1974) (holding that the state trial court
    committed reversible error and violated the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and compulsory
    process by striking the testimony of the only corroborating witness to a phone call that related directly to the
    defendant’s defense), citing Braswell v.Wainwright, 463 F.2d 1148, 1155-56 (5th Cir. 1972) (holding that “Closely
    related to [the defendant’s] Sixth Amendment right is his right to a fair trial – - to due process. [The defendant] had a
    right to at least present the testimony of his sole corroborating witness to the jury. That the jury might still have
    returned a guilty verdict is beside the point; judgment of the credibility of witnesses is for the trier of fact.”)
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    League and with President’s Chief of Staff’s suggestion.” (President’s Chief of
    Staff, 302, 12-20-08).
    20. President Barack Obama has direct knowledge of the Senate seat allegation.
    President Obama’s testimony is relevant to three fundamental issues of that
    allegation. First, President Obama contradicts the testimony of an important
    government witness. Second, President Obama’s testimony is relevant to the
    necessary element of intent of the defendant. Third, President Obama is the only one
    who can say if emissaries were sent on his behalf, who those emissaries were, and
    what, if anything, those emissaries were instructed to do on his behalf. All of these
    issues are relevant and necessary for the defense of Rod Blagojevich.
    21. Tony Rezko is one of the government’s main witnesses.8 Mr. Rezko’s credibility is
    extremely relevant in this trial. In many instances, Mr. Rezko is the government’s
    crucial witness to prove up their allegations.9 Mr. Rezko wrote a letter to a federal
    judge stating “the prosecutors have been overzealous in pursuing a crime that never
    happened. They are pressuring me to tell them the “wrong” things that I supposedly
    know about Governor Blagojevich and Senator Obama. I have never been a party to
    any wrongdoing that involved the Governor or the Senator. I will never fabricate lies
    about anyone else for selfish purposes.” (Exhibit A)
    22. However, the defense has a good faith belief that Mr. Rezko, President Obama’s
    former friend, fund-raiser, and neighbor told the FBI and the United States Attorneys
    a different story about President Obama. In a recent in camera proceeding, the
    government tendered a three paragraph letter indicating that Rezko “has stated
    in interviews with the government that he engaged in election law violations by
    personally contributing a large sum of cash to the campaign of a public official
    who is not Rod Blagojevich. … Further, the public official denies being aware of
    cash contributions to his campaign by Rezko or others and denies having
    conversations with Rezko related to cash contributions. … Rezko has also stated
    in interviews with the government that he believed he transmitted a quid pro quo
    offer from a lobbyist to the public official, whereby the lobbyist would hold a
    fundraiser for the official in exchange for favorable official action, but that the
    8 The defense has requested that the government provide a witness list. To date, the government has not provided a
    list of witnesses.
    9 See, Counts 1, 2, and 3 of the Indictment. The Pension Obligation Bond Deal ( p. 9 (para. 7), p. 48 (para. 6)); The
    Solicitation of Ali Ata (p. 9 (para. 9)), Benefits Given to Rod Blagojevich (Rezko directed or provided payments to
    Rod Blagojevich’s wife) (p. 53 (para. 9 (a.), (b.), (c.))), Blagojevich used the power of the Office of the Governor to
    give Rezko substantial influence over appointments to boards and commissions (p. 8 (para. 5)) (p. 13 (para. 18)) (p.
    42 (para. 4-5)) (p. 47 (para. 4)) (p. 53 (para. 17)).
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    public official rejected the offer. The public official denies any such
    conversation. In addition, Rezko has stated to the government that he and the
    public official had certain conversations about gaming legislation and
    administration, which the public official denies having had.”10
    23. President Obama is the only one who can testify as to the veracity of Mr. Rezko’s
    allegations above.
    24. President Obama has pertinent information as to the character of Mr. Rezko.
    President Obama can testify to Mr. Rezko’s reputation for truthfulness as well as his
    own opinion of Mr. Rezko’s character. See, Fed. R. Evid. 405(a) and 608. Mr.
    Rezko and President Obama became friends in 1990. According to President Obama,
    Mr. Rezko raised as much as $60,000 in campaign contributions for Obama.11
    25. Based on the relationship that President Obama and Mr. Rezko had, President Obama
    can provide important information as to Mr. Rezko’s plan, intent, opportunity, habit
    and modus operandi. See, Fed. R. Evid. 404(b) and 406. For example, in June 2005,
    President Obama purchased a house for $1.65 million, $300,000 below the asking
    price. On the same day Tony Rezko’s wife, Rita, paid full price — $625,000 — for the
    adjoining land. In January 2006, Obama paid Mr. Rezko $104,500 for a strip of the
    adjoining land. The transaction took place when it was widely known that Mr. Rezko
    was under investigation.12 President Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko is
    relevant and necessary Fed. R. Evid. 404(b) and 406 evidence.
    26. Regarding a Presidential subpoena, the Supreme Court has held that:
    “The right to the production of all evidence at a criminal trial . . . has
    constitutional dimensions. The Sixth Amendment explicitly confers upon
    10 The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama. See, “Obama on Rezko deal: It
    was a mistake”, Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco, and Mark Brown, Chicago Sun Times, November 5, 2006. Senator
    Barack Obama was asked: “Did Rezko or his companies ever solicit your support on any matter involving state or
    federal government? Did Al Johnson, who was trying to get a casino license along with Tony Rezko, or Rezko
    himself ever discuss casino matters with you?” Senator Obama answered: “No, I have never been asked to do
    anything to advance his business interest. In 1999, when I was a State Senator, I opposed legislation to bring a
    casino to Rosemont and allow casino gambling at docked riverboats which news reports said Al Johnson and Tony
    Rezko were interested in being part of. I never discussed a casino license with either of them. I was a vocal
    opponent of the legislation.” Obama’s involvement with Tony Rezko and this legislation coincides with the
    three paragraph summary the government has provided to the defense referenced above.
    11
    “Obama on Rezko deal: It was a mistake”, Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco, and Mark Brown, Chicago Sun Times,
    November 5, 2006.
    12
    “8 Things you need to know about Obama and Rezko”, Tim Novak, Chicago Sun Times, January 24, 2008.
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    every defendant in a criminal trial the right ‘to be confronted with the
    witnesses against him’ and ‘to have compulsory process for obtaining
    witnesses in his favor.’ Moreover, the Fifth Amendment also guarantees that
    no person shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law. It is the
    manifest duty of the courts to vindicate those guarantees, and to accomplish
    that it is essential that all relevant and admissible evidence be produced.”
    United States v. Nixon, 418 US 683, 711 (1974).
    27. Although it is not commonplace to subpoena a sitting President, the Supreme Court
    has noted that sitting Presidents have been subpoenaed by federal courts with
    “sufficient frequency that such interactions between the Judicial and Executive
    branches can scarcely be thought a novelty.” Clinton v. Jones, 520 US 681, 704, 137
    L.Ed. 2d 945, 967 (1997).
    28. Indeed, history is replete with cases in which Presidents have been subpoenaed or
    have provided evidence in federal cases.13
    29. In addition to criminal trials, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F.
    Kennedy were defendants in civil cases involving actions prior to taking office.
    Clinton v. Jones, 520 US at 692, citing People ex rel. Hurley v. Roosevelt, 179 N.Y.
    544, 71 N.E. 1137 (1904); DeVault v. Truman, 354 Mo. 1193, 194 S.W.2d 29 (1946);
    Bailey v. Kennedy, No. 757,200 (Cal. Super. Ct. 1960); Hills v. Kennedy, No. 757,201
    (Cal. Super. Ct. 1960). President Nixon was deposed in several civil actions and
    13 See, United States v. Burr, 25 F. Cas. 30 (No. 14,692d) (CC Va. 1807) (President Thomas Jefferson ordered to
    comply with a subpoena duces tecum in the trial of Aaron Burr); Rotunda, Presidents and Ex-Presidents as
    Witnesses: A Brief Historical Footnote, 1975 U. Ill. L. F. 1, 5-6 (referencing President Monroe’s answers to
    interrogatories in the trial of an appointee, whose meetings with the President were cited as contributing factors to
    accusations he received his job appointment under “intrigue and misconduct” and also references a lengthy
    deposition given by President Grant in a criminal case); United States v. Nixon, 418 US 683, 41 L.Ed. 2d 1039
    (1974) (The Supreme Court held that President Nixon was obligated to comply with a subpoena duces tecum in a
    criminal trial); United States v. Poindexter, 732 F. Supp. 142, 145, citing to United States v. Mitchell, 385 F.Supp
    1190 (D.D.C. 1974) and United States v. Haldeman, 559 F.Supp.2d 31, 80-81 (D.C. Cir. 1976) (where President
    Nixon was subpoenaed by the Government and defendants in criminal trials of his appointees resulting from the
    Watergate scandal); United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp. 578 (ED Cal. 1975) (where President Ford was
    subpoenaed and deposed as a defense witness in the criminal trial of the woman accused of attempting to assassinate
    him); United States v. Poindexter, 732 F.Supp. at 145 (D.D.C. 1990) (referring to President Carter’s videotaped
    deposition in a criminal trial and a separate grand jury investigation); Id., at 144-46, 159-60 (where President
    Reagan was ordered to testify via videotaped deposition in the criminal trial resulting from the Iran-Contra affair);
    and Clinton v. Jones, 520 US at 705, citing United States v. McDougal, 934 F. Supp. 296 (ED Ark. 1996) and
    United States v. Branscum, No. LRP-CR-96-49 (ED Ark., June 7, 1996) (referencing President Clinton’s compelled
    testimony via videotaped deposition in two criminal proceedings, including as an impeachment witness for the
    defense in the McDougal case).
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    Presidents Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Tyler and Adams were compelled to appear before
    congressional committees. United States v. Poindexter, 732 F. Supp at 145.
    30. It is well settled that the Federal Courts have subpoena power over a sitting
    President. Chief Justice Marshall’s early opinion from the Burr case has
    been “unequivocally and emphatically endorsed” by the Supreme Court and
    other federal courts. See, United States v. Nixon, 418 US at 706; Clinton v.
    Jones, 520 US at 704.
    “Whatever difference may exist with respect to the power to compel the
    same obedience to the process, as if it had been directed to a private
    citizen, there exists no difference with respect to the right to obtain it. …
    The guard, furnished to this high officer, to protect him from being
    harassed by vexatious and unnecessary subpoenas, is to be looked for in
    the conduct of a court after those subpoenas have issued; not in any
    circumstance which is to precede their being issued.” United States v.
    Fromme, 405 F. Supp. At 582, citing United States v. Burr, at p.30.
    31. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that “the twofold aim [of criminal justice]
    is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.” United States v. Nixon, supra, citing
    Berger v. United States, 295 US 78, 88 (1935). The Court continued, in Nixon, that
    “the need to develop all relevant facts in the adversary system is both fundamental
    and comprehensive. The ends of criminal justice would be defeated if judgments were
    to be founded on a partial or speculative presentation of the facts. . . To ensure that
    justice is done, it is imperative to the function of courts that compulsory process be
    available for the production of evidence needed either by the prosecution or by the
    defense.” United States v. Nixon, 418 US at 709. In sum,
    [Federal precedent holds that] no person, even a President, is above the
    law and that in appropriate judicial proceedings, documents and other
    tangible evidence within the very office of the President may be obtained
    for use in those judicial proceedings. Similarly, where the President
    himself is a percipient witness to an alleged criminal act, the President
    must be amenable to subpoena as any other person would be. United
    States v. Fromme,405 F.Supp. at 582 (emphasis added).
    32. Here, President Obama is a critical witness. All of President Obama’s testimony
    would entail evidence he witnessed before he became president and does not involve
    Executive Privilege. As the District Court ruled in Fromme:
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    “Notwithstanding the burden which is imposed on the person of the
    President if he is called to testify as a witness in a criminal trial, this
    court has an even heavier burden to ensure a fair and a speedy trial to
    the accused, with total regard for all the rights and protections afforded
    an accused under the law of this land.
    ‘[The] allowance of the [Executive] privilege to withhold evidence that
    is demonstrably relevant in a criminal trial would cut deeply into the
    guarantee of due process of law and gravely impair the basic function of
    the courts.’” United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp. at 583 (emphasis
    added)(citations omitted), citing United States v. Nixon, 418 US at 712.
    33. President Obama has direct and intimate knowledge of facts alleged in the indictment.
    Indeed, the President is a percipient witness. United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp.
    at 581. President Obama is a witness to the conduct alleged as well as an
    impeachment witness to at least two of the government’s critical witnesses.14
    34. The defense does not take lightly the overwhelming schedule the President has and
    the security constraints surrounding his testimony. A videotape deposition will
    remedy both of those legitimate concerns. See, Fed. R. Crim. Pro. 15 and see also,
    United States v. Fromme, 405 F.Supp. at 582 (videotape deposition “protect[s] the
    accused’s rights under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution while
    at the same time imposing the least onerous burden on the person and the office of the
    President of the United States.”).
    35. The defense requests that, if this court grants a videotape deposition in lieu of in-court
    testimony, defense counsel be permitted to conduct the examination of President
    Obama after the government’s case in chief. See, United States v. McDougal, 103
    F.3d 651 (ED Ark. 1996) and 943 F.Supp. 296 (ED Ark. 1996) (videotaped
    deposition of President Clinton which took place at the White House, and because
    President Clinton was called as a defense witness to impeach David Hale, the Court
    ordered that President Clinton not testify until after the in-court testimony of David
    Hale.).
    36. The defendant has a right to put on a case and challenge the allegations the
    government attempts to prove. President Obama is relevant and necessary to the
    14 Joseph Aramanda is another government witness that President Obama can testify to as well. Joseph Aramanda’s
    son, John Aramanda, received an internship with then-Senator Obama. Joseph Aramanda contributed $11,500 to
    Obama since 2000 and John Aramanda was recommended by Tony Rezko. Internship also links Obama, Rezko,
    Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times, December 24, 2006. President Obama will be able to provide relevant information
    as to Joseph Aramanda. See, para. 24 and 25, supra.
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    defendant’s case. The defense understands that the President of the United States of
    America is not a routine witness and would not request his appearance if it did not
    think he was critical to the liberty of Rod Blagojevich. Whatever security or
    scheduling concerns can be reduced by arranging for the most convenient
    presentation of testimony. The President can testify via video conference or can be
    deposed outside of court at an evidence deposition. These options would satisfy the
    defendant’s fundamental right to a fair trial and security and scheduling concerns.
    37. The defense requests this court grant this motion not because Rod Blagojevich was
    the Governor of Illinois, but because he is a defendant in a criminal case where his
    liberty and freedom are at stake. Likewise, the defense requests this court grant this
    motion to issue a subpoena ad testificandum to President Obama, not because he is
    the President of the United States, but rather because he is a witness necessary to Rod
    Blagojevich’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. Justice requires no more and no less.
    “it would be inconceivable — in a Republic that subscribes neither to the
    ancient doctrine of the divine right of kings nor to the more modern
    conceit of dictators that they are not accountable to the people whom
    they claim to represent or to their courts of law — to exempt [the
    President] from the duty of every citizen to give evidence that will
    permit the reaching of a just outcome of this criminal prosecution.
    Defendant has shown that the evidence of the . . . President is needed to
    protect his right to a fair trial, and he will be given the opportunity to
    secure that evidence.” United States v. Poindexter, 732 F. Supp at 159.
    WHEREFORE, defendant Rod Blagojevich respectfully requests this Honorable Court
    order the government turn over to the defense any and all reports generated during any and all
    interviews had with President Barack Obama and issue a subpoena ad testificandum for
    President Obama to appear at the trial of United States v. Rod Blagojevich.
    Respectfully submitted,
    /s/ Sam Adam
    Sheldon Sorosky
    Sam Adam
    Michael Gillespie
    Samuel E. Adam
    Aaron Goldstein
    Lauren Kaeseberg
    6133 S. Ellis
    Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 752-6950
    Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich, Defendant
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    CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
    The undersigned hereby certifies that Defendant’s MOTION FOR THE COURT TO
    ISSUE A TRIAL SUBPOENA TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA was served on April 22,
    2010, in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 49, Fed. R. Civ. P. LR 5.5, and the General Order on
    Electronic Case Filing (ECF) pursuant to the district court’s system as to ECF filers.
    /s/ Sam Adam
    One of the attorneys for Rod Blagojevich
    Case 1:08-cr-00888 Document 327 Filed 04/22/10 Page 11 of 11

  36. I Stand Corrected:
    http://www.safeguardourconstitution.com/home.html

    Apparently the charges were levied today.

    Missing Movement
    Disobeying a direct order; four specifications (please note, it does not say Disobeying a Lawful order, this usually means the military can’t necessarily claim or prove he directly violated UCMJ Article 92, it is only implyed that he “May Have”)

  37. da verg // April 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Obama has had his hand in the cookie jar…

  38. Cabby – AZ // April 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Howdy, Cabby,

    Wow, sorry to read about Mom! I hope she made a full recovery.

    My cousin had a pretty bad case and she was down with it more than she was up and running. Her docs gave her anti-fungal meds and although not pleasant, they did the trick. She’s originally from MA and had no idea what was floating around in the dry soil at that time; she did own a few horses, and riding and tending to them was where she thinks she picked it up.

    Yes, Hantavirus was in the droppings of rodents and the Native population was hit pretty hard.

    There are a lot of things endemic to certain parts of the U.S. Anthrax is always around in the Southwest with the cattle population- any rancher can tell you that. We had a case around here not too long ago; the person contracted it from a *drum* which was imported from Africa. The Anthrax was in the hide they used to make the drum; that’s the way it was transmitted! Now, weaponized Anthrax used to be my specialty and when I’d get reports throughout the country that some monitor somewhere picked it up in the environment, it was always in the Southwest.

    So, with the wet conditions in the Pacific Northwest, a fungus wouldn’t surprise me but as I said, more research into what this is needs to be done. I’m sure it’s being well tracked.

  39. Citizen Carlyle (FUBO)

    I don’t care what Blago says – I just KNOW that Zero is the one and only virgin in that whorehouse. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

  40. NBC and 14th Amendment. Any suggestions for me on a narrative explaining that this Amendment did not change Article 2 to make all those merely born in the US to qualify as NBC?

  41. Hi, SueK, My, you have had a lot of experience with fungi, etc. Your relating the episode about the imported drum and anthrax was certainly interesting. For some reason, perhaps mostly unfounded, I feel a little uneasy about imported items, especially from China, but with the way so much manufacturing has been outsourced, it seems that everything is foreign-made. I just try to wash hands, etc., more often and carefully.

    Have a good night!

  42. Cabby – AZ // April 23, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Yup, Cabby, it’s the nature of the health-related work; gotta keep up with all this!

    Right, few things are made in the U.S.A., and I also hesitate with foreign-produced goods. My issue is food, specifically, fruits and veggies.

    During the winter, our fruit and some veggies comes from either Mexico or Chile. Now, I know their agriculture laws aren’t as strict as ours, so I wash, wash, and wash the item just to be sure; you don’t know what type of pesticides they use so you have to do the job extra well!

    G’night! Gotta try to get some sleep hooked up to a !&%# heart monitor :( .

  43. The Obama’s are going on a couple only weekend to North Carolina on Friday….is this when he tells meanchelle that he has been lyin, and he is going to have to resign, LOL! We can only hope…I hope Blago gets this liar on the stand. Bill Clinton had to testify for his bj, this is way worse than that.

  44. Citizen Don in California

    Can I post yet??

  45. Citizen Don in California

    Yes I can… Thanks CW

  46. Citizen Don in California

    CW, I tried to post this earlier:

    citizenwells // April 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Citizen Don.
    The section about Rezko & BO is interesting.
    I already had 2 new articles ready to put up.
    This should be good
    //////////////////////
    Thanks, you are like OldSalt, one of a kind.

  47. Citizen Don in California

    Good night all, and May God bless!!

  48. This was posted at the end of last Post and most may have missed:

    Michelle // April 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1CLPhz0DHM
    Tea Party Racism?? My fellow Americans and fellow Tea Party Members.

  49. Caution some foul language but good video on so called Tea Party Racism.

    BTW many forget that TEA stand for:

    Taxed
    Enough
    Already.

    ***Warning Foul Language but good message***

  50. Linda from NY

    Have to keep CONTROL…

    Breaking: Senate Democrats Gather In The Rules Committee To Eliminate The Filibuster

    Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:07 PM

    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/04/breaking-senate-democrats-gather-in-the-rules-committee-to-eliminate-the-filibuster/

    “The radicals in Washington are giving the Marxists in Venezuela a run for their money.
    Senate Democrats have gathered in the Rules Committee to eliminate the filibuster.

    Republican.Senate.Gov reported:

    “THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “What [The American People] Do Not Expect Is For One Party, Be It Republican Or Democrat, To Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game So They Can Make All The Decisions While The Other Party Is Told To Sit Down And Keep Quiet.”

    That was then, this is now…when the shoe is on the other foot, they protest; when in power, they change their tune…

  51. National Tea Party Unity Convention

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    The timing for this country is crucial. As we head into the fall elections,
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  52. Linda from NY

    Blagojevich Judge Calls Emergency Meeting
    WMAQ-TV Ch. 5 Chicago (NBC) – “The Ward Room” Blog ^ | April 22, 2010 | Unattributed

    Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:51:08 PM by LibertyRocks

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2498643/posts

    “The judge presiding over former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial called an emergency meeting Thursday evening after information that was intended to remain under seal was released to the public in a defense filing to subpoena President Barack Obama.

    Judge James B. Zagel scheduled a 6 p.m. hearing in his chambers to question attorneys about why the redacted information was readable, according to reports.

    But Blagojevich’s attorneys denied that interpretation. When asked whether the meeting concerned the redacted documents, attorney Sheldon Sorosky responded simply “no.”

    The defense motion, filed Thursday afternoon, request to call President Obama as a corroborating witness and argued that Obama could verify that Blagojevich didn’t try to sell his seat.

    The filing contained several paragraphs that had been blacked out electronically. However, the underlying text was easily viewable in the electronic cession of the document if a reader simply copied-and-pasted the paragraphs into another program.

    The failure to properly redact is a relatively common one in government circles.”

  53. Linda from NY

    Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama

    Mediaite ^ | 04/22/2010 | Frances Martel

    Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:14:12 PM by OldDeckHand

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2498514/posts

    “Today in United States v. Rod Blagojevich: following up on his 2008 claims that then-Senator Barack Obama was one of a few people who could testify to his innocence, his defense team issued a motion today to subpoena the President to testify in court. Most of the juiciest bits involving Obama’s role in choosing a new Senator are blacked out, or so we thought. It turns a lucky PDF glitch gave us VIP access. Who wouldn’t want to see the blacked out part? Let’s investigate!

    Most of the non-blacked out portions of the motion are predictably tame general knowledge: the seat in dispute belonged to the President; the FBI did speak with the President about this case at some point in time. A “labor union official” close to the President (who may be SEIU President Andy Stern) is said to contradict public statements on the case by Obama directly. The credibility of money man Tony Rezko being crucial to the case, the defense would like the President to testify about it. The defense also spends significant amount of time bringing up previous cases of sitting presidents being subpoenaed to testify in relevant cases. What the defense didn’t want you to see is the allegation that an Obama “supporter” offered Blagojevich “fundraising” in exchange for the seat. In other words: Blagojevich didn’t try to sell the seat; an Obama “supporter” tried to buy it.

    (Excerpt) Read more at mediaite.com …”

  54. Linda from NY

    Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama

    by Frances Martel | 3:37 pm, April 22nd, 2010

    More details from the subpoena:

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/mediaite-exclusive-censored-portions-of-blago-subpoena-may-implicate-team-obama/2/

    “These pieces of alleged evidence mostly serve to highlight the level of involvement the President had in the negotiations. He was, according to these conversations, overseeing all the talks and very invested in giving the seat to Senate candidate B (identified in the original federal complaint at IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan, though whether the defense is using the same identification numbers that the federal complaint used is unclear). In fact, if his “Supporter” “offered ‘fundraising’ in exchange for Senate Candidate B,” it would follow that it wasn’t Blagojevich who tried to sell the seat, but the unidentified supporter who tried to buy it.”

  55. I like the vido PRWH-PF

    Good Morning. Zach

  56. With Erosionist LIEberals in CHARGE,
    American going down river on a Barge.

    This is waht happens when lawlessness reaches a tipping point.
    This is what happens when Socialism runs out of OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.
    California is the lab experiment of Socialism, illegal invasion, LIEberalism running amock, lawlessness, etc… IT IS THE WILD WEST all over agin except most people can’t carry guns to protect themselves and what is theirs and the sheriff is out of town.

    CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS EXODUS TO TEXAS or even ARIZONA.
    I hear in Arizona they have a Good Sheriff and law and order. They even been working to get rid of the criminals and bloodsuckers and they also allow you to carry guns for protections….

    GO EAST YOUNG MAN….leave California for the Loony LIEberals and the illegals they love so much possibly Mexico will take it back soon.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100422/ap_on_re_us/us_court_crisis

  57. Bom Dia/Good Morning Zach and everyone.

    Thanks Zach.

  58. Linda from NY

    Groundswell of Support Growing for Anti-Obama Rally

    Israel National News ^ | April 22, 2010 | Hana Levi Julian

    Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010 3:41:00 PM by Never A Dull Moment

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2498496/posts

    “A groundswell of support is building in anticipation of the upcoming anti-Obama demonstration set for this coming Sunday, April 25, in New York City, outside the Israel Consulate. According to organizer Beth Gilinsky, head of the Jewish Action Alliance, groups are still calling to express their support and register for the event.

    More than 21 Jewish and other organizations have already signed on to the event.

    Thousands are expected to attend the rally, which Gilinsky said will give voice to the increasing disillusionment with the president that Jews and others have expressed, including many who voted Obama into office.

    “The large crowd expected to attend on Sunday is coming to speak Truth to Power,” she added. “We will not be silent.”

  59. When as a child I lived in Portugal we raised pigs and other animanls for personal consumption. The pigs were raised in a corral in the yard, most everyone there would fatten up at least one pig to slaughter for food. This was basically our garbage disposal the pig would eat all the left overs and peels, etc. and then we would eat the pig and the cycle would start over again with a new piglet. Ultimate Recycling.

    Well in thinking about it I remembered that my dad, as customary in the land, would make a wire gadget with two sharps point that would be pierced thru the pigs snout and then those sharp points would be bent to stay about 1/4 of an inch or so away form the snout. This would be to discourage the pig from digging up the corral and also discourage him from eating his own excrement. This excrement was soaked up into hay and other stuff that we threw in there to make manure for planting vegetables and other stuff that we grew to sell, trade or eat (more recycling).
    I miss those good old days with no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing (outhouse and more recycling), etc. happy simple life where everything and everyone had a role and purpose. It was also easy to learn and see how life cycles. Anyway, shortening the story, in thinking about that it reminded me of the American LIEberal Press….it seems to me they have that pierced gadget on their noses to keep them from digging and turn up any excrement (FACTS) and not raise any methane stink (TRUTH). They, the Muddy Stream Media, have been nose pierced to protect the EVIL CORPORATION CURRAL and their Manure Pile.

  60. CHALLENGES HAVE TO BE ISSUED.

    From now on when talking to anyone in the media anyone in our side has to ask.

    Please tell me, oh great media person, in every single story how many Absolute Truths are there on any single issue or event?

    After that challenge them and their career. Are you ready to, here and now, make a pledge that if you are found to be WRONG in your assertions and alleged facts that you will donate $100,000 to am injured veterans charity and RESIGN your position in shame?

    There is ONLY ONE ABSOLUTE TRUTH in any one issue.

    On the issue of Obama/Soetoro eligibility that absolute truth hasn’t been exposed Yet.

    Intregrity still matters.
    MAKE THEM TAKE THE CHALLENGE!!!

  61. Donincalifornia……………………………………….
    Have you figured out who the alleged Union Leader is who was acting as the go between. I am betting on the head honcho of the SEIU. I would bet that he was the go between of Blago,and Soetoro. He Rezko,Jarrett,Soetoro were all friends.

  62. I am also betting that Soetoro will NOT appear in person at the trial. I think that he will prepare a sworn deposition in which he will lie like hell,and Blago will sink. If blago has some really hairy stuff to offer then he better get it all said EARLY ON. Otherwise he is DEAD MEAT!

  63. Blago isn’t as skilled at twisting words as soetoro is.(lying). If he gets into any conflict with anything that Soetoro puts in the deposition it is doubtful that the deposition will be edited. This is the reason why I think that this alleged trial is a sham, and Blago has already been deemed expendable.

  64. Why were these sections redacted in the first place? To protect obama? I sure hope the “unintentional” release of them will not be grounds for some sort of dismissal or a way to keep obama off the stand. We all know how they can twist the law.

  65. Don:
    Thanks again for that link to Backwoods Home Magazine. There sure is ALOT of interesting information there.

  66. Check out the Anti-Defamation League’s new report. It’s full of comments from blogs. They are calling for a major law enforcement operation to deal with critics:

    http://www.adl.org/extremism/Anti-Government-Extremism-Report.pdf

  67. PRWH………………………..
    Ever hear of “Mountain Oysters”, they have a little bit to do with male pigs. There is a certain time in their early lives when along comes a man with a pair of boltcutters. Putting anti rooting rings in pigs noses is prettymuch a standard practice. They love to get into tulip patches and root out the rhizomes. They eat them,after which their meat is permanently flavored like the rhizomes smell. You might as well shoot the pig. It is useless for marketing. Here in Indiana many farmers used to condition the hogs meat by feed lotting them crushed pumpkins, before taking them to market. Makes the pork taste great. Peanuts are sometimes also used in feedlotting. When I was in grade school I used to work for a neighbor farmer after school. He paid me .50 cents an hour. I thought I was rich!

  68. Linda from NY

    Peter: @ 7:34 AM

    What a beautiful story, Peter! I can see why you long for the “good ‘ole days.”

    Unfortunately, many people do not have fond memories of their childhood from which to draw wisdom. You, however, have learned much from the days of your youth.

    You are truly a blessing to all here…Linda

    May God Bless and Keep You Always! :)

  69. Oldsalt,

    Never heard of Mountain Oysters but I’ll search it.
    Thanks and may God continually bless you and yours

  70. Where I come from the outhouse always had a current REARS and SAWBUCK,or a MONKEY WARD CATALOG,or both. Unfortunately they always had MISSING pages.

  71. “One wonders if all classified portions of government documents are this easy to breach, or whether whoever put the document together was hoping a reporter somewhere would crack the code.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/mediaite-exclusive-censored-portions-of-blago-subpoena-may-implicate-team-obama/

  72. Linda,

    Thanks very much.

    Also decades ago there was some stuff on TV that was humble and with humility and morals lessons. Today it is all garbage about who can be more stupid, trickier or lie the most.

    We need a revival of shows like:
    Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, All in the Family, Little House on the Prairie, etc. Even the Cartoons had good lessons…I used to love Speed Racer.

    God bless

  73. Thinking this AM.

    If lawyers and community organizers can be politicians and even minister & pastor why don’t we have some priests and rabbis running for CONgress??

    Time to get some representation…

  74. Got your message CW. I got a little TOO salty. Sorry I was sort of responding to PRWH. We sometimes get a little carried away when we start remembering the past!

  75. PRWH…………………….
    How about ROAD RUNNER cartoons?

  76. Does anyone know if MMMSSS.BOXCAR has ever turned on the water to the San Joachim valley farmers?

  77. Linda from NY

    Greg Goss @ 8:32 PM

    Hey, Greg! Thanks for sharing that link…

    Sounds promising and positive…encouraging!

    Happy Day…Linda

  78. Does Obama’s Reform Shift Wall Street Wealth to Chicago?

    “Under the guise of protecting Main Street and the middle-class, President Obama and his Chicago political machine (Emanuel, Axelrod, Durbin, Jarrett) are secretly preparing to shift thousands of jobs from New York City to Chicago – along with billions of dollars of tax revenue.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/mediaite-exclusive-censored-portions-of-blago-subpoena-may-implicate-team-obama/

  79. Nancy Drew………………………….
    After November they will be needing their ill gotten gains, BIG TIME

  80. OOPS! Sorry I posted the wrong link in my 9:09 post. Here’s the right one:

    Does Obama’s Reform Shift Wall Street Wealth to Chicago?

    “Under the guise of protecting Main Street and the middle-class, President Obama and his Chicago political machine (Emanuel, Axelrod, Durbin, Jarrett) are secretly preparing to shift thousands of jobs from New York City to Chicago – along with billions of dollars of tax revenue.”

    http://www.thefoxnation.com/financial-overhaul/2010/04/22/does-obamas-reform-shift-wall-st-wealth-chicago

  81. Old Salt 9:17:

    Let’s hope they’ll be needing the money for the commissary in federal prison.

  82. I live for the day when I can look toward Chicago and know that all of the Chicago scum have been dealt a blow from which they will NOT recover. This includes the Illinois state government as well. I find myself really encouraged by the stepping down of our own Senator Bayh. To me he was a useless entity. His father was once our governor. He too was about useless. Like father like son I guess.

  83. On Monday, the Christian Science Monitor bucked its mainstream peers by reporting something truthful about the TEA party movement: police officials have begun to relax security requirements at conservative rallies because of the remarkable absence of violence.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/candance-moore/2010/04/21/shocking-report-police-find-tea-parties-more-peaceful-anti-war-prote#ixzz0lvgsdeIK

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/candance-moore/2010/04/21/shocking-report-police-find-tea-parties-more-peaceful-anti-war-prote

  84. Old Salt: There are way, way too many useless entities out there.

  85. Nancy Drew…………………………
    I read that yesterday,and it is real encouraging to hear. This will make it even tougher for the obot robots to respond without sounding exactly like the LUNATICS that they try to accuse the conservatives of being. It is a great feeling whenever I see the ARBITERS OF TWISTED LANGUAGE get back a little of their own concoctions. They cry and whine.

  86. …….But while attendees supported many of Gingrich’s assertions, his characterization of the Tea Party as “militant” was lost on Livermore and others.

    Gingrich said the movement is a “natural expression of frustration with Republicans and anger at Democrats,” which is “more likely to end up as the militant wing of the Republican Party” than as an independent or third party.

    http://www.yorkdispatch.com/local/ci_14930339

  87. I’m sure this has already been posted, but it’s the first chance I had to read it (so much to read lately).

    Kenya Mocks Tea Parties:

    http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/kenya-to-host-real-tea-party-on-capitol-hill.php

  88. Nancy Drew……………………………………
    While I like Newt Gingrich,I have to say that he is DEAD wrong on his assessment of the TEA PARTY. On that issue he comes across as an obot. I often tell people that I am a BIRTHER, CONSERVATIVE,TEAPARTIER, and a few more things all rolled into one. I am also looked upon as being RUDE,AND CRUDE whenever I talk about the activities of our ALLEGED leaders.

  89. I very much admire the way LAME CHERRY states his/her case. Whatever the subject is it is always stated in plain simple language, and really conveys the message.(Keep up the great work LAME CHERRY!)

  90. Greg,

    Thanks. Great find on RAP and the wheels of justice moving along.

    Montana Unauthorized Practice Commission Dissolved..this has to do with if you need a degree to practice law or can anyone that you choose represent you. This is one of the issues that RAP talked about addressing. Is it RAP?
    Stay tuned to see but we are seeing signs here and there that there is movements…

    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2010/04/montana-unauthorized-practice-commission-dissolved.html

  91. Hey Peter….

    You brought back memories! I remember throwing the soapy diswater out to the pigs loaded with potato skins and anything we could find as long as it did not have meat. I remember having to bake the egg shells and break them up to feed to the chickens. I did not mind the awful smell of “dressing them out” but could not wring or cut their heads off!

    Boy the good old days! :)

  92. FOX news is talking about what CW has posted here.

  93. SapphireSunday

    JJ said, “I read the announcements were automatically generated from the Hawaii Dept. of Health.”

    I read that, too, and then I read later on that someone determined that that particular system went into effect in 1976. Prior to that, one assumes, the ads were put into the paper some other way, maybe the same way obits are called in by the family. But it’s possible they were automatically generated by the Vital Records Dept.; however, they don’t read the same way as those types of notices usually do.

    As with everything else connected with Obama, there are conflicting stories, deliberate obfuscation, and very few “facts.”

    imo, the announcements are about as useful as evidence as the online COLB. Both are images on blogs and neither would be accepted as evidence in a court, or anywhere else, for that matter.

  94. citizenwells

    Bob.
    Where on Fox?

  95. Old Salt 9:42:
    Nancy Drew……………………………………
    While I like Newt Gingrich,I have to say that he is DEAD wrong on his assessment of the TEA PARTY. On that issue he comes across as an obot. I often tell people that I am a BIRTHER, CONSERVATIVE,TEAPARTIER, and a few more things all rolled into one. I am also looked upon as being RUDE,AND CRUDE whenever I talk about the activities of our ALLEGED leaders.

    *******************************************

    Old Salt: Like I said yesterday, you remind me of the character, “Gunny”, in that online book I posted yesterday. I believe JJ wants to read it. I think she will agree.

  96. Where in the world is Tony Rezko?
    By: Barbara Hollingsworth

  97. http://www.oilforimmigration.org/
    Wayne Madsen Is Not My Source
    Pastor Manning

  98. CW: I believe I heard them on Fox a short while ago talking about possible trouble for obama regarding the campaign contributions.

  99. CW: The TV is in the next room, so I wasn’t exactly watching, but that is what I heard. I know Martha MacCallum was on (and still is).

  100. Martha is talking about Blago again now.

  101. The tapes will be played at the trial. They will be detrimental, someone talking to Martha on Fox reports.

  102. Chris Stirewalt, from the Washington Examiner is the one speaking to Martha.

  103. Re: PRWH @ 6:37 am…..the video….

    JJ // April 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Have you noticed that most of our leaders didn’t begin at the bottom…….therefore, they have not one iota of understanding about the ‘little man” or the ‘working man’.

    Even our legislators aren’t grounded to the reality we experience each day.

    Sorry, but until we get leaders and legislators that know what we know, and learned what we know through real-life experiences, this country will never return to what made it great.

  104. I’ve finally got a little “guilt-free” computer time this morning. Husband went fishing for Blackfish on a friends boat.

  105. JJ 10:54:

    How true.

  106. SapphireSunday

    As far as I’m concerned, it matters not whether someone was buying the seat or someone else was selling the seat.

    As with Scooter Libby: In the end, it didn’t matter that he’s not the person who (arguably) “outed” Plame. The bottom line is that Libby said one thing while a “reporter” said something else. For some reason, the government believed the reporter and Libby was on the way to prison for lying to government investigators.

    Now here we have Obama on one side, with one version told to investigators, and how many people on the other side–people who contradict him? 4? 5?

    Who do you believe? Who lied to government investigators? Who will the government determine is lying, and how will they make that determination? Who’s going to be “frog marched” to prison?

    I know who ought to be.

    But this morning, the newspaper says that nothing in Blagojevich’s motion indicates that Obama did anything wrong. There’s no mention of how the redactions were exposed or what they contain. Why not?

    The lamestream media couldn’t wait to report the Pentagon Papers, national security be damned.

    Covering and protecting their chosen one is apparently more important in their minds than national security.

    Will anything ever change?

  107. GO EAST YOUNG MAN….leave California for the Loony LIEberals and the illegals they love so much possibly Mexico will take it back soon.

    On a MSNBC website, many anti-illegals argued this point that California would eventually end up with mostly illegals sucking the system dry, the tax payers would leave, and all left in California would be politicians, lying tax-evading wealthy, and leeches…….this was in 2007…….and what has happened??

  108. Linda from NY @ 8:31 am
    Peter: @ 7:34 AM
    I liked Peters analogy also, earthy but people who live close to the land are able to cut to the chase if you will and see the simplicity in issues. The Founding Fathers were like this in the way they saw and valued life, philosophies, ethics, morality etc.

  109. The Census worker just came by the door! He was kindly, but wanted to ask a whole bunch of questions….!!!! I said ONE person lives here….(he wanted to know if since a particular date) …I said # years…..he wanted name (I gave him 1st / lst only) but clarified….you only need to know #….not sex, …etc I am “American” He had handed me a paper earlier, which he took back….I said “no offense, the Constituion only requires to know how many live here….not sex, etc……and Not enough people these days are respecting the Constiution.” No tempers or voices were raised on either side, and he kindly took back that additional piece of paper (a questionnaire) and left.
    Did I say too much? What do you all think?

  110. Regarding ACORN….I remember seeing that moonbat Bertha Lewis on FOX saying that ACORN was ONLY funded 10% by the Gubmint and now she is saying ACORN is on “Life Support”.

    Awwwwww…too bad….so sorry !

  111. Carol @ 11:04 am
    You did it exactly right. How many people live here? that is all you needed to answer.

  112. Carol: I wonder if it was the long-form questionnaire he gave you. The one asking how many flush toilets you have, what time you leave for work, etc. It’s odd that you never received a census in the mail.

    In any event, I agree with Michelle, you handled it very well.

  113. Thanks Michelle! I did give him my name….it is hard to not give more than the recquired.

  114. Well this wasn’t fun, the taxpayers of the United States seem to be getting it coming and going-no wonder we have troubles, but we are finding out why-still not fun.
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/sec-pornography-employees-spent-hours-surfing-porn-sites/story?id=10452544

  115. Retired Army general: Lt. Col. Lakin has ‘valid point’
    ‘He has right to discovery. Producing birth certificate is very important’

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=144481

    A retired Army general and national security policy expert says Lt. Col. Terry Lakin has “a valid point” and should use his “right to discovery” to force the Obama administration to produce proof of his natural-born citizenship status.

    In an interview with Evil Conservative Radio, Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely said, “I think many in the military – and many out of the military – question the natural-birth status of Barack Obama. … I’m not convinced that he is [a natural-born citizen].”

    Vallely, CEO of Stand Up America U.S., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army in 1961, serving 32 years.

    He said he inspected his own long-form birth certificate, and it contains a doctor’s name, date and location of birth.

    “But he’s never been able to produce that,” he said of Obama. “His unwillingness to do it also concerns me. I think Lt. Col. Lakin has a valid point. … He refuses to produce a birth certificate that states the witnessing of the birth, the date and who is the doctor. We don’t know why he won’t come out with that.”

    As WND reported today, the Army has filed two charges against Lakin, citing alleged violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Articles 87 and 92.

    Lakin publicly asked the president to document his eligibility and expressed a willingness to deploy with the 32nd Cavalry Regiment to Afghanistan, without response from the White House.

    The filing of charges may, however, be part of the still-unrevealed strategy Lakin and his legal counselors are pursuing.

    Asked whether Lakin will have a “right of discovery” during a court-martial – meaning Lakin’s legal team could compel the administration to produce proof of eligibility during the course of the government’s prosecution – Vallely replied, “Absolutely. Sure, he has a right to discovery. There’s no doubt about that. Producing a birth certificate that has all the details on it, it seems to me, is very important.”

    Vallely added, “You can call witnesses. I would call the state government of Hawaii. I would require [proof of] which hospital he was born in. I’d want verification from the doctor or the nurse or whomever witnessed it that, in fact, it did happen in Hawaii. That has not been done to date. These are questions that have not been answered, and that’s what concerns many people.”

    Vallely said America hasn’t seen military officers stepping forward in droves to challenge Obama’s eligibility because they know doing so might endanger their careers.

    “The officer corps does not want to put itself in any kind of jeopardy because of their position and because of the fact that they don’t want to go the political route,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to get your senior officers or senior political appointees to put themselves on the spot because they’re probably afraid that they’ll lose their position or promotion, so they’ll take no position on it. But if somebody in the lower ranks stands up, they’re going to take them on and court-martial them, or attempt to court-martial them. That’s the situation.”

    Vallely expressed deep concern about what he believes is a national drift away from basic constitutional principles.

    “That disturbs me more than anything, and that’s why we’ve got to stand up, because we’re getting in more trouble,” he said. “It’s like we’re watching Washington burn as Nero watched Rome. What are we doing about it?”

    He added, “Only the people can solve this problem. That’s why the people must stand up and do what’s right for America because we can’t go this deviant route anymore. If not, we’re lost as a country.”

    [...]

  116. The Constitution FOR the United States (Republics) was written by Godly Moral & Honorable people for Godly Moral & Honorable people.

    There isn’t many of those around anymore.

    BTW The Constitution prohibited Lawyers and others with such titles from nobility from “serving” in CONgress…how it has changed that DC is a Lawyers Monopoly.

    We Demand Diversity of Profession in CONgress limit to 15% or so of any one profession.

  117. oldsalt78 // April 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I was hesitant about posting regarding his sentiments…felt like a loner?
    Glad I’m not alone in my feelings.

  118. Also to keep bills to a limit, all bills and Ammendments HAVE TO BE HANDWRITTEN BY the Original Sponsor of the bill or amendment….no more bills of 1000′s of pages.

  119. Pingback: Blagojevich trial, Redacted motion segments, Obama and Rezko, Obama subpoena, Blagojevic Rezko Levine Obama corruption ties « Citizen WElls

  120. imo, the announcements are about as useful as evidence as the online COLB. Both are images on blogs and neither would be accepted as evidence in a court, or anywhere else, for that matter.

    As I wrote earlier……to get an Obot to think about the copy of the COLB online, ask if they’d like to take a ‘COPY’ of their welfare check to the bank and try to get it cashed or deposited in their account!!!!!!!!

    The phrase ‘you can take that to the bank’ gets an all new meaning>>>LOL

  121. JJ @ 11:49 am
    Good analogy JJ it does change the conversation, hopefully it will allow them to think about what they are stating.

  122. citizenwells

    **** New Post ****

  123. Portuguese Revolutionary War Hero – Peter Francisco // April 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Also to keep bills to a limit, all bills and Ammendments HAVE TO BE HANDWRITTEN BY the Original Sponsor of the bill or amendment….no more bills of 1000′s of pages.

    *******************************************

    You make an excellent point, PRWH-PR. Wouldn’t be surprised if the additional pages allow for a clever way for OSmug to sneak in small print to arrive at his hidden agenda…this coming from someone who claimed his administration would be open and transparent. But, then again he also claimed he never spoke with Blagojevich either.

  124. NancyDrew // April 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I started it as I said I would after reading the Bible at the nursing home following singing.

    I keep telling my husband, I worry not about nuclear attacks, I’ll probably die, but the EMP is another all new ballgame, because we will slowly starve or freeze to death or unsanitary conditions will kill us if you know what I mean.

  125. Another issue of mine, Old salt and Nancy is that TPTB will NEVER attack an entire city at once with a deadly bio-whatever because the clean-up would be a major problem—not just humans, imagine humans and animals, etc.
    It will be a slow, progressive attack like H1N1 that failed.

  126. Citizen Don in California

    oldsalt78 // April 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Does anyone know if MMMSSS.BOXCAR has ever turned on the water to the San Joachim valley farmers?
    ///////////////////////////
    Good morning!
    As far as I can find out, about 5% of the needed water has been released to the Northern part of the valley. The rest can dry up and blow away as far as boxer is concerned. I believe the Northern part of the valley is represented by a dem that voted for the deathcare bill.

    Sorry I don’t have more info.

  127. Our Tea Party
    http://www.breitbart.tv/freedomworks-ceo-geico-voice-actor-doesnt-have-a-case/
    “If there’s anything creepy and sleezy going on, it’s these nasty calls that the good people in the tea party movement are receiving.”

  128. Considering all the other suspect questionable actions of the person who occupies the oval office, I’ve not doubt he was involved. Anyone who spends millions to hide their past from public view has something to hide. “Chicago” style politics is one of a kind. Where in the name of GOD did our United States of America go? “One nation, under GOD”, and that’s how it should be after all the millions of men and women, my fellow Veterans, died, and are still fighting for this USA.

  129. http://www.thefoxnation.com look under financial
    posted the 22nd
    Obama and Chicago machine want to move Wall Street to Chicago.Pass this Far and Wide !!!!!!! EXPOSE THIS
    The Dodd regulator bill a scam to pass bill and control from Chicago !!!
    http://www.wnd.com
    http://www.citizenwells.wordpress.com
    http://www.orlytaitzesq.com
    http://www.repubx.com

  130. Who is Barack Obama? The scariest list of facts about President Obama you’ve ever seen… The President who HATES America
    Date Posted: Wednesday 21-Apr-2010

    [This list is truly shocking. Take a close look at how many communists/Marxists were his friends. Davis spied for the Soviet Union. Obama wants to shut down America's nuclear arsenal but won't intercept North Korean Communist missiles, nor will he stop Iran, a terrorist sponsor, from developing nuclear bombs.

    I must say, I find the sealing of his records going back to childhood, utterly bizarre. What the heck is there to hide?

    It mentions he can list all of America's failings, but none of its accomplishments. I have been saying for quite a time that President Obama HATES AMERICA, and if this doesn't prove it to you, nothing will.

    I disagree with the final sentence though. I've seen no proof of this. Someone did go to a lot of trouble to help him, but I'm not sure its Soros. It should be clear that Obama is surrounded by communists and has seriously dangerous communists as friends. Jan]

    JUST WHO IS THIS GUY…. OBAMA??

    Barack Obama is less of a person than an image— a brand. People see what ever they want as they do on a Rorschach test.

    But does anyone really know him? In fact, he is:

    * A man with no birth certificate.

    * A man whose birth records, both in the United States and Kenya, are sealed by government order.

    * A man whose childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, spied on U.S. military installations in Hawaii for the Soviet Union, edited a communist newspaper, authored pornographic novels, and wrote poetry in praise of Joseph Stalin.

    * A man who promised transparency in government, but has spent over a million dollars in legal fees hiding information that would determine his eligibility to be President.

    * A man whose academic records are sealed from kindergarten through law school.

    * A man who arrived in New York in June of 1981 without enough money to get a hotel room, but one month later flew to Indonesia and Pakistan.

    * Why did he go?

    * Who paid his expenses?

    * A man who traveled to Pakistan when it was illegal for U.S. citizens to do so. So what country’s passport did he use?

    * A man whose Law School Admission Test scores and grades at Columbia University are known to have been mediocre, but was admitted to Harvard Law School through the intervention of a Saudi named Khalid al -Mansour.

    * A law review editor who never published an article in any law review.

    * A lawyer with no significant accomplishments in the law and no reputation in the legal community.

    * A former State and U.S. Senator, who never authored a piece of legislation.

    * A disciple of the Marxist Saul Alinsky.

    * A product of the Chicago political machine—the most corrupt political organization in America.

    * A man who selects Marxists, corrupt politicians, and criminals as his close political associates and personal friends.

    * A man whose presidential candidacy was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, the Socialist International, and the Workers International League.

    * A man lauded for the literary brilliance of two memoirs, both of which were ghostwritten by others.

    * A so-called Christian who says that knowing when human life begins is “above his pay-grade,” but somehow knows that abortion is permissible at any stage.

    * A man who thinks “waterboarding” is immoral, but that partial-birth abortion is moral.

    * A man who publicly laments slavery in America—which was abolished 150 years ago—but praises Islam, which still practices both slavery and the sexual mutilation of young girls.

    * A man who speaks endlessly about helping the less fortunate, but gives almost none of his sizeable income to charity—not even to his half-brother, who is living in squalor in Kenya.

    * A man who had the most left-wing voting record in the United State Senate, but was predicted by the press to “govern from the middle.”

    * A man who has never created a job, met a payroll, or even operated a lemonade stand, but wants to tell Detroit how to make cars.

    * A President who has never before served as an executive in either the private or the public sector.

    * A Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t know how to shoot a rifle, throw a hand-grenade, drive a tank, fly a plane, or con a ship.

    * A Commander-in-Chief who has publicly divulged some of our nation’s most important intelligence secrets.

    * A man who has been put in charge of the largest economic engine that ever existed, but has never invested in the stock market and admits total ignorance of it.

    * A President who says that science will guide his administration, but has no education in the sciences.

    * A man who is proficient in reading what is written for him on a teleprompter, but jerks and stammers his way through any off-the-cuff speaking.

    * A man whose health records are sealed from childhood to the present day.

    * A man who spent 20 years in a church whose pastor espouses Marxist Liberation Theology, anti-Americanism, anti-capitalism, and anti-Semitism, but claims he never heard his pastor utter anti-American, and anti-Semitic statements.

    * A man who added more to the National Debt in 120 days than all other Presidents did in the past 220 years, yet feels qualified to lecture Americans about “fiscal responsibility”.

    * A man who publicly expressed disdain for the U.S. Constitution on a Chicago radio station because it limited the government’s ability to “redistribute wealth.”

    * A man who sits and listens submissively while his country is castigated by Daniel Ortega—a Communist thug whose own daughter accused him of raping her.

    * A narcissist who gave the Queen of England a present from the United States –an iPod containing recordings of his own speeches.

    * A so-called Christian who officially declared “Pride Month” for a lifestyle that the Bible calls an abomination.

    * A man who wanted Americans to ignore his Muslim name during his election campaign, yet boasts of his Muslim name when he travels to Muslim countries.

    * A man who can name hundreds of America’s shortcomings, yet none of its great accomplishments.

    * A President who claims the moral high ground by closing Gitmo yet supports the transfer of terror suspects to countries where horrific torture is certain.

    * A President who scoffed at being called a socialist yet acted to nationalize the auto industry, the banking industry, and the insurance industry . . . and now seeks to nationalize the healthcare industry.

    * A President who violates private property rights, the sanctity of contracts, and the rule of law—three essential principles that go back over a thousand years in the Common Law tradition.

    * A man who promised 95% of all Americans a tax cut, but is increasing taxes on 100% of the population through inflation—the cruelest tax of all.

    * A lawyer who represented ACORN—an organization now indicted in several states for voter fraud—whose stated goal is to get as many people on welfare as possible in order to destroy our financial system.

    * A President who cheated GM’s bondholders by giving their property to the UAW in a political payoff.

    * An American President who frequently criticizes his own country when speaking in foreign countries, but never praises America’s generosity, goodness or greatness.

    * A President whose Secretary of the Treasury cheated on his taxes—as did several other appointees and advisors.

    * A President who scoffs at being called a socialist, yet has appointed 28 “Czars” to circumvent constitutional government, including:

    * A “Science Czar” who has advocated compulsory abortions for American women and the “surrender of sovereignty” to a “comprehensive Planetary Regime.”

    * A self-professed communist as his “Green Jobs Czar”. A “Pay Czar” to regulate the pay of corporate executives.

    * A President who swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” yet has nominated a domestic enemy of the Constitution to the Supreme Court.

    * A President whose Homeland Security Chief classified pro-lifers, veterans, and supporters of traditional marriage as terrorists.

    * A President who stood silent while the Iranian government hacked unarmed protestors to death with axes, because it was an internal matter, but freely offers his opinions about the internal affairs of Israel and Honduras.

    * A President who decreed that true acts of terrorism must now be described as “man-made disasters.”

    * A President who cracks hurtful jokes about Special Olympians.

    * A President who refused to intercept or inspect a North Korean ship virtually certain to be carrying Weapons of Mass Destruction to Burma.

    * A President who wants to cancel all missile defenses while rogue nations are developing long-range ballistic missiles.

    * An American President who blames the violence in Mexico on America.

    * A Commander in Chief who claims to have been unaware that Air Force One was taken on a terrifying, low-level photo-op over Manhattan.

    * A President who berates American CEO’s for flying in private planes at private expense on company business, but whose wife spends hundreds of thousands tax payer dollars flying to Paris for a shopping spree.

    * A President who promised a transparent administration, but requires all questions be screened before “impromptu” appearances.

    * A man who freely admitted that his energy policies are designed to bankrupt the American coal industry.

    * A President who has presided over the loss of 14.7 million jobs and whose “energy policy” will cause the loss of another 1 million jobs.

    * A President whose “energy policy” will increase the average American’s utility bills by over $2,000 a year in the middle of the Great Recession.

    SOMEONE KNOWS:

    The vast majority of Americans do not know who he is, but someone surely does. Someone paid for his travel expenses to Pakistan and Indonesia.

    Someone engineered legal challenges to all of his election opponents for the State Senate and had them disqualified.

    Someone straightened and leveled his path to the U.S. Senate when a Democrat Judge made public the child custody records of his Republican opponent. When he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, someone arranged for him to speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

    Someone saw to it that all of his records were sealed, both at home and abroad. Someone assembled the massive organization for his run for the Presidency. Someone knows all about him.

    Who? The answer is George Soros-connected to the Rothchilds.

    Source Url: http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/government/obama_government/news.php?q=1251826356

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