Rob Ford to be subpoenaed in crack tape extortion trial

Mayor Rob Ford. (QMI Agency files)

Mayor Rob Ford. (QMI Agency files)

Don Peat and Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

TORONTO ó Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says "it's not news" that he's about to be subpoenaed in the extortion case connected with his crack video.

In a press conference in front of the mayor's office Friday afternoon, Ford raged against council office expenses, but he got angry when he was asked to address reports Toronto Police Services are about to serve him with a subpoena to testify in the Sandro Lisi case.

Lisi, Ford's friend, was charged with extortion last October in connection with alleged attempts to retrieve the first video of Ford smoking crack.

"I haven't been subpoenaed," Ford told reporters. "You know what? This is not even news. It might be news to you guys. It is not news to the average taxpayer. The taxpayers want their money saved. They don't want to see these expense accounts through the roof."

Ford kept refusing to answer questions about the case.

"What you guys are talking about is not news; taxpayers' money is news," Ford said.

"You can scream in my ear all you want. You know what I get told by people day in and day out? ... 'Ignore the media.'"

Meanwhile, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is threatening legal action against Coun. Doug Ford, the mayorís brother and campaign manager.

Blair made the statement through a police spokesman shortly after Ford questioned why news that Mayor Ford was about to be served with had become public.

Ford went on to suggest the leak was "payback."


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