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Blagojevich on Senate seat: "The objective is to get a good gig over there."

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman


Prosecutors are playing another phone call between onetime chief of staff John Harris and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Harris is heard coaching Blagojevich on what to say in an upcoming meeting with union leader and Democratic fund-raiser Tom Balanoff.

Balanoff had told Blagojevich he wanted to meet again to discuss Valerie Jarrett for the Senate seat. Jarrett, now a top White House adviser, was a close friend of then President-Elect Obama.

Blagojevich tells Harris that Balanoff told him: "I talked to Barack about the Senate seat, can I come and see you."

Blagojevich continues: "OK, he'll be explicit."

Harris says to tell Balanoff: "How do we take care of the president-elect's issues as well as the people of Illinois."

Blagojevich: "As well as me. Do I say that?"

Harris says that Blagojevich needs to convey that he needs to make sure he "stays strong" in the governorship.

Blagojevich: "But I don't want that."

Blagojevich: "Do I say me?" The objective is to get a good gig over there," Blagojevich says about his negotiation with Balanoff.

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