Blago Subpoenas Jesse Jackson Jr.

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    Jesse Jackson, Jr.

    Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. says he has been subpoenaed to testify at ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's upcoming corruption trial.

    In a statement issued Friday in Washington, Jackson said he will testify if necessary.

    Blagojevich faces federal charges including allegations he schemed to sell a U.S. Senate seat once filled by President Barack Obama.

    According to a criminal complaint, Blagojevich tried to shop the seat to Jackson. The Democrat's supporters allegedly were willing to raise $1.5 million for Blagojevich if he him.

    Jackson said if he testifies he will tell the truth, saying he did nothing wrong and ``never authorized or engaged in any scheme related to the then-vacant Senate seat.''

    Blagojevich has issued subpoenas for President Barack Obama _ since quashed by a federal judge _ U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin.