Reporting with Sarah Ostman
Lobbyist and consultant Doug Scofield admits under defense questioning that he's either lying or placating Rod Blagojevich as he goes over various transcripts of conversations.
"I think there were several instances where I was just placating," said Scofield, a government witness. "If I placated him it wouldn't make it any likelier he'd be a cabinet member."
Defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein repeatedly asked Scofield if he was lying at various portions of transcripts where he appears to be encouraging Blagojevich's desires for a cabinet position.
Scofield at one point in a call with Blagojevich said Valerie Jarrett was not an obvious, top pick for Senate by the union Scofield represented.
"She would not be the type of person to be at the top of the list for a Senate seat," Scofield admits he said of Jarrett at the same time his union client sought her appointment.
In that call, Scofield is heard saying that he's just agreeing with Blagojevich's musings in the call -- even when Scofield says on a recording that in exchange for Jarrett's appointment: "they could step up, step up to the plate."
Goldstein: "This is a little more than agreement, would you agree? ...'But they could step up, step up to the plate?' That's just agreement?"
Scofield is cut off from answering.
Scofield then admits he planted a false item in Michael Sneed's Sun-Times column on Blagojevich's behalf.
The item falsely suggested Jesse Jackson Jr. was a possible Senate pick.