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Blagojevich trial: Jurors watch Rod Blagojevich take his oath of office

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

FBI agent Dan Cain has testified about an October 2003 contract showing that Patti Blagojevich's River Realty would receive a $12,000 monthly retainer from the company of convicted businessman Tony Rezko.

Jurors also watched a video of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich taking his oath of office in both 2003 and 2007. He's seen and heard swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the state of Illinois.

Defense attorney Aaron Goldstein cross-examined, again invoking a recurring defense theme -- that Blagojevich was operating under guidance of his advisers and lawyers.

Goldstein: "It's your understanding that deputy governors, as well, take the oath of office?"
Cain said he wasn't sure.
Goldstein asked if Cain had subpoenaed the oath of office of former Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee, who just left the stand. That got him an objection.

Goldstein also asked about Blago's legal fees.

Goldstein: "The bill was satisfied, is that fair to say?"
Cain said the bill was settled in July 2008.
Goldstein: "The money paid to Winston & Strawn -- that wasn't out of the state coffers, is that correct?"
Cain: "That was out of the campaign fund."

Cain has now left the stand and Judge Zagel has called a break. Next up will be John Wyma, former Congressional chief of staff and longtime friend to Blagojevich.

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