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Blagojevich aide: I was working for the people of Illinois

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman

Defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein keeps hammering away at former Deputy Gov. Robert Greenlee that he never spoke up to tell the former governor he was acting improperly.

Goldstein is going through conversation after conversation, pointing to areas where Greenlee is heard on a recording agreeing with Rod Blagojevich or encouraging his ideas.

In one conversation, Greenlee, who's in his mid-30s, is asked about his response to Blagojevich in a taped phone call about the then-governor's wishes to ask the Barack Obama camp to help set up a foundation that Blagojevich would one day lead. The foundation was to be in exchange for Blagojevich appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate seat.

"Did you communicate your disagreement to having a foundation set up for the Senate seat?" Goldstein asked.

Greenlee doesn't get a chance to answer. But in the recording, Greenlee is not heard objecting.

Goldstein seems to be hinting that Greenlee was falling down on the job; rather than giving the governor advice, he says time again he was placating Blagojevich's musings.

"You were working for him, weren't you?" Goldstein asked.
"Absolutely, for the State of Illinois," Greenlee said. "For the people."

This is all a prelude to the affirmative defense case that lies ahead.

Blagojevich's lawyers have said their defense tactic will be to admit that the former governor was party to these conversations -- but he didn't think he did anything wrong because he was acting with the advice of his lawyers and advisers.

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