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Blago Subpoenas Rahmbo, Jarrett

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jun 2, 2010 8:20PM

President Obama, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Harry Reid, and now Rahm Emanuel. It's a who's-who of Democrat Power Elite. It's also the list of people subpoenaed by ex-governor Rod Blagojevich. Blago's lawyer Shelly Sorosky confirmed to the Sun-Times that White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel has been subpoenaed as has Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Sorosky described Emanuel as a "critical" witness because: "he's the supposed victim of an extortion." One of the charges against Blagojevich accuses him of attempting to extort Emanuel while he was a congressman.

The White House this afternoon confirmed Emanuel was subpoenaed. The subpoena was accepted and the Sun-Times was told by a White House source that Emanuel will comply and not fight it.

Sorosky said there are two areas of interest involving Emanuel: the alleged attempted extortion of Emanuel by then-Gov. Blagojevich and the U.S. senate seat selection concerning now-White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Despite the subpoena, it doesn't mean Rahmbo will be called to testify. Sorosky told the Sun-Times, "We served a lot of these people just in case they were needed. We don't know if we're going to call them or not. It depends on what happens at trial."