Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been subpoenaed by the defense in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial, adding the onetime Senate hopeful to a long list of federal officials Blagojevich’s team wants to put on the witness stand.
The former governor faces charges of a broad range of corruption-related offenses, including conspiring to sell the Senate seat left open when Barack Obama won the presidency. Jackson, one of several candidates for the Senate appointment, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
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“Of course, I will comply with this compulsory order of the court and testify at trial, if necessary,” Jackson said in a statement released to POLITICO. “If and when I am called, I will tell the truth and say under oath what I’ve said again and again since this shocking scandal first broke. I did nothing wrong and never authorized or engaged in any scheme related to the then-vacant Senate seat.”