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Blagojevich unwittingly asks that FBI cooperator make an offer to Obama camp

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This afternoon, prosecutors have played another tape where Rod Blagojevich relays his interest in the 501 (c) (4) set up in exchange for the Valerie Jarrett appointment.

This time, Blagojevich says he wants a message delivered to Rahm Emanuel -- Barack Obama's newly-minted chief of staff.

"He'd like Rahm to have funding for a 501 (c) (4) in his head as soon as possible," prosecution witness Doug Scofield, testified about the recording. "My strategic goal would be for Rahm to have this in his head sooner rather than later, like today or tomorrow."

Blagojevich says in the recording that $15 million shouldn't be difficult for the Warren Buffett types.

Scofield on tape: "We're not talking about this in connection with ... with anything else?"
Blagojevich: "It's unsaid. See what I'm saying? It's unsaid. You know what I'm saying?"

"I understood him to say it connected. It's rather obvious it's connected, that's all we've been talking about. ... but I don't want that communicated to Rahm Emanuel," Scofield testified from the stand.

"Should I just have Wyma do it?" Blagojevich says on the recording.

He wants his longtime friend and lobbyist John Wyma to deliver a message to Emanuel about the foundation. Wyma at that point had been cooperating with authorities for weeks. He had been asked to wear a wire but refused.

Prosecutors play another tape where Blagojevich is asking top aide John Harris that Wyma be tapped to bring a message to the Obama camp.

"Can you call Wyma? Have him call Rahm, I want a 501 (c)(4)," Blagojevich is heard saying.

Harris says Scofield should do it.

"So the mission for Wyma is essentially to put it in Rahm's head that we need him to help to fund it," Blagojevich is heard saying on the recording.

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