Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Two days before the 2008 presidential election, Rahm Emanuel called John Harris to pass on the soon-to-be president-elect's request that Valerie Jarrett be appointed to his senate seat, Harris has testified.
Harris was shopping with his kids at a Payless shoe store on Nov. 2, 2008 when he got Emanuel's call.
Emanuel told Harris that then-Sen. Barack Obama was interested in seeing a "close friend" of his appointed to his seat, Harris testified.
Harris said he understood that friend to be Valerie Jarrett, a longtime Chicago public official and close friend and fund-raiser for Obama.
"(Emanuel) asked whether it would be helpful if Sen. Obama called the governor to advocate for this individual," Harris testified. "I said sure."
"He said, 'I'll let you know," Harris testified, but for the moment, "He wanted to say that the senator had a preference."