Blagojevich Lawyers: "Play 'Em All"

Federal prosecutors expect revised indictment against former governor by end of next week

By Phil Rogers
|  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM CDT
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Disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich's attorneys suggested again Wednesday that they want to sit down with President Barck Obama, to at least find out what he told the FBI in interviews about efforts to pick his replacement in the U.S. Senate. And they declared that they still believe their client is entitled to have every minute of the FBI's secret undercover recordings played in open court.

The attorneys contend that the tapes, when played in their entirety, will demonstrate that while the former governor occasionally used florid and unflattering language, he did nothing illegal.

"Play 'em all!" said defense lawyer Sam Adam, Jr. "Don't come out there and say 'We're going to play 12 seconds here on a 45 minute conversation, and you judge a man, 12 people come in here and judge whether he's guilty or not.' Play 'em all!"

Adam stopped short of saying that he will subpoena Obama to testify at trial. But he once again demanded that the government turn over transcripts of FBI interviews with the president in the days after Blagojevich's arrest.

The former governor was accused of attempting to "sell" the Obama Senate seat for campaign cash or other favors. And Adam left the strong impression that he believes at the very least he should be allowed to interview the President about what transpired in the days following his election last November.

"I've got to see exactly what the president may or may not have said," Adam said. "How can any lawyer, trying to do what's right by his client, say we shouldn't talk to the person who vacated that seat, or talk to the person who may have been involved in some conversations involving selling it?"

The government has indicated they expect Blagojevich to be re-indicted by a federal grand jury as early as next week.

Prosecutors are worried that the Supreme Court will throw out the so-called "honest services" statute under which Blagojevich was charged. They have told federal judge James Zagel they intend to re-indict him on new charges, citing the same behavior from their previous complaint.

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