Federal Blagojevich Subpoenas Include Top Obama Aides
SPRINGFIELD - Sweeping federal subpoenas of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration include requests for records involving senior advisers to President Barack Obama.
Among 43 subpoenas released by the Blagojevich administration Friday, one on Dec. 8 seeks any data relating to Obama advisers David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett and 32 other people and organizations.
That was the day before the FBI arrested Blagojevich on charges that he tried to auction off Obama's Senate seat for campaign cash or a job. Wiretapped conversations show Blagojevich thought Jarrett was interested in the seat.
Obama's staff released a report in December clearing his advisers of wrongdoing in communicating with the two-term Democrat about the seat. But Axelrod, a Chicago political strategist now in the White House, was not mentioned.
The other subpoenas seek everything from hiring records to the first lady's appointment calendar.