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"President Barack Obama has direct knowledge of the Senate seat allegation," Blagojevich's 11-page motion filed with U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel said.
There was no allegation in the court papers of any wrongdoing on Obama's part.
It would be extraordinary if a sitting president were subpoenaed to take the witness stand in a Chicago political corruption trial or any criminal trial. Zagel has not indicated how he might respond to the unusual request.
The conversation was meant to keep the congressman out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter. He said that he never considered any position the White House was willing to offer. The White House says it used the former president as a go-between to try and avoid a messy primary.
§ 7323. Political activity authorized; prohibitions
(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), an employee may take an active part in political management or in political campaigns, except an employee may not—
(1) use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election;