Monday, May 23, 2011

Ward Room: Rahm 'Ready' to Testify in Blago Retrial

I haven't been paying much attention to the retrial, but I would be very curious about whatever testimony Mayor Emanuel may offer in our former Governor's corruption trial. Who knows if the Mayor would be considered a hostile witness in which case well he should've been the federal government's witness. As we see here, the Mayor is ready to testify.
"I'm ready if asked to testify," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday during an unrelated news conference.

Emanuel has been subpoenaed along with congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Dick Durbin and Majority Leader Harry Reid. But that doesn't mean any of them will be called.

The government alleges that Blagojevich delayed a promised grant to a northwest side school in an attempt to force then-congressman Emanuel to facilitate a fundraiser through his wealthy brother. On cross-examination, the defense showed that the school did get its money without the fundraiser ever being held.

As of last week, prosecutors had not received a bona fide list of who else to expect in the witness box besides Blagojevich. And even plans to put Blagojevich on the stand could change.

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