Durbin Subpoenaed in Blagojevich Trial

Posted April 24, 2010 at 12:53pm

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) acknowledged Friday he has been subpoenaed in the federal trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said in a statement that the Illinois Senator received a subpoena April 16 issued by Blagojevich’s defense attorneys.

Blagojevich, who is set to face trial June 3, faces federal charges over allegations he attempted to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.

“Given the former governor’s previous antics regarding this case, it’s no surprise he is casting a wide net — apparently from the president down to dogcatcher,” Shoemaker said.

“We have accepted service of the subpoena and will cooperate with the court in any reasonable way. The matter has been referred to counsel, and our office will not be commenting further.”