Durbin Subpoenaed to Testify at Blagojevich Trial

April 23, 2010

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Dick Durbin (Photo by Kate Gardiner)
Illinois U.S.Sen. Dick Durbin says he's been subpoenaed to testify at former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial. 

Durbin dropped the bomb when he was asked about Blagojevich's request for President Obama to testify, and if Durbin feared he'd be next.

DURBIN: I don't fear that I'm next 'cause I've already been subpoenaed.

Durbin says he received the request to testify "weeks ago" from Blagojevich's defense team.

And he says if he's called, he will take the stand.

DURBIN: I mean, I've had one conversation with this governor, and I've reported it to you and everybody else over and over again, and if he or the government wants to call me in, I'll tell the same story I told you in front of these cameras.

That story - which Durbin has previously acknowledged - is that he did speak to Blagojevich about filling President Obama's old Senate seat.

Durbin says he suggested "ten or twenty" names to the governor, but the Senator isn't accused of any wrongdoing. Blagojevich has been charged with trying to sell off the seat.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office would not comment on whether the government plans to call Durbin to the stand.