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Originally posted by airspoon
It looks like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is willing to snitch out other heavy-hitting politicians in an effort to save his own skin. Check out this article from FOX News:
In a second trial on corruption charges, the defense may call Washington officials like White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday.
Blagojevich said he talked plenty with several Washington bigwigs about political horse-trading when he was responsible for filling the Senate seat vacated by President Obama, but none did anything wrong.
"In the second round, we're going to put a defense on, I'm certain. And in that particular case, you know, we're going to call witnesses like Rahm Emanuel, Senator Harry Reid, Senator (Robert) Menendez, Congressman (Jesse) Jackson, Congressman (Jerry) Costello, and a host of other leading Democrats who were involved in this process to try to make a decision on who the next senator should be," he told "Fox News Sunday."
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It appears as if Blagojevich is threatening to pull others down with him, or at least point the finger at them, in an effort to get some strings pulled or at least put some weight on the scales of justice. I have almost no doubt in mind that Blagojevich is not a loner in this scandal, as I'm sure this kind of thing is as common as the fake smile of a politician, but I just can't see this strategy working. Instead, Rahm and other officials will simply have the judge rule that their testimony is not needed and/or legal.
There is no way that the elite are going to allow someone like Blagojevich to expose their dirty work or the greasy mechanics of American politics. Regardless, I'm sure this is going to be an interesting show in the months to come.
What do other members think? Will this strategy of Blagojevich's work, or will it back-fire on him? Will the public get some scraps of meat, a rare public glimpse at corruption leading all the way up to the white house?
... nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; ...