Blago judge: Obama unaware of any seat swap bid (AP) – 1509th Edition

16 05 2011

FILE - In this May 2, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and wife Patti arrive at federal court for final jury selection and opening statements in his second corruption trial in Chicago. Heading into the third week of Rod Blagojevich's retrial on May 16, it's clear prosecutors are guided by the adage that less is more as they streamline what jurors in the first trial complained was an overly complicated case. Blagojevich, who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)AP – There’s no evidence Barack Obama knew in 2008 that Rod Blagojevich may have sought to exchange an appointment to the president-elect’s vacated U.S. Senate seat for a Cabinet post or other top administration job, the judge at the ousted Illinois governor’s corruption retrial said Monday.

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