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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday he has received a subpoena to testify at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial, while a White House spokesman deflected questions about whether President Barack Obama also might end up on the witness stand. "Whether I'm going to be called, I don't know," Durbin said at a news conference. "But you know a subpoena is an order of the court to appear and if called to appear I'll appear."
Durbin had a well-publicized telephone conversation with Blagojevich shortly after the November 2008 election when politicians were starting to focus on who would get the Senate seat Obama was vacating. By all accounts, they discussed a number of candidates.
Blagojevich is charged with scheming to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant following the president's election in exchange for financial benefits for himself. He also is accused of illegally using his powers as governor to pressure potential campaign donors for contributions.