Blagojevich's Wife Subpoenaed By Feds

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his supporters after talking to the media outside of his Chicago home, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Blagojevich was thrown out of office Thursday without a single lawmaker rising in his defense, ending a nearly two-month crisis that erupted with his arrest on charges he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Blagojevich becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) AP Photo/Nam Y Huh

Patti Blagojevich has been served with a federal subpoena seeking documents, notes or e-mails related to people or entities ranging from former gubernatorial fund raisers to her real estate dealings.

Attorney Raymond Pijon told the Chicago Sun-Times the wife of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is cooperating with federal investigators. However, Pijon said that does not mean she will flip on her husband.

Blagojevich was removed from office Jan. 29 after an impeachment trial by Illinois lawmakers that was triggered by his arrest on federal corruption charges.

Patti Blagojevich was overheard on FBI wiretaps talking about alleged schemes involving firing an editorial writer at the Chicago Tribune in exchange for help with financing a Wrigley Field deal. She was overheard in an alleged plot for an appointment or job for herself in exchange for her husband appointing someone to the U.S. Senate seat.

The former governor has remained in the news since he was voted out of office 59-0 by the Illinois state Senate. Roland Burris, who Blagojevich appointed to fill the Senate seat at the heart of his legal troubles, is under fire from both parties for allegedly misleading lawmakers about his contacts with the Blagojevich administration.

Burris admitted that Blagojevich's brother asked him for fundraising help, but insists that he never raised money for Blagojevich while the governor considered possible Senate replacements.

Burris said he "welcomes" the opportunity to answer renewed questions from authorities and elected officials about how he landed President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
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