Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Sam Adam asked again to introduce jurors to a new Dec. 4, 2008 tape. The judge sent the jury out of the room and is holding a hearing to determine whether it will be played for the jurors.
On the tape, Blago is heard instructing Harris to call Rahm Emanuel and say the governor is still considering appointing Jesse Jackson Jr. He sounds to be arguing that the threat of a Jackson appointment -- which the Obama administration had opposed -- would help Blago pass a legislative package with House Speaker Mike Madigan.
That is, the new tape implies that the Madigan deal is what Blago really wanted; Jackson was the decoy.
The tape was recorded the day after two top Democratic leaders called Blagojevich, urging him against appointing Jesse Jackson Jr. Blagojevich is heard telling Harris to call Rahm Emanuel and give him the impression that Jackson is still a possibility.
"They don't want him," Blagojevich says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Robert Menendez said of Jackson. "They don't want to say it, but they don't want him, you follow me?"
Blagojevich on the tape says he'll "hold my nose" and appoint Lisa Madigan if he gets a legislative package passed.
Ultimately, Judge James Zagel said the only way the tape will get admitted is if and when Blagojevich takes the stand.