Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney
Robert Blagojevich and prosecutor Chris Niewoehner are entrenched in a long back-and-forth over Robert's phone records on Dec. 4, 2008, the day of a key phone call between Rod and Robert about the Senate seat appointment.
Niewoehner is going over a list of attempted phone calls in harrowing detail. He puts up a chart that Robert's lawyer originally published that details all the calls made that day.
It's a long list. Robert tried to reach his brother over and over again, to no avail, sometimes more than once per minute. When that didn't work, he repeatedly tried to reach the governor's scheduler.
Robert gets irritated at the questioning. "I concede," he says repeatedly, as the prosecutor tries to get him to acknowledge each call one by one. "Let's not waste time."
Robert's lawyers originally showed jurors the list to show that Robert was annoyed -- and not thinking straight -- at a Starbucks, when Rod finally reached him and told him to elevate Jesse Jackson Jr.
But prosecutors are trying to show that Robert was, in fact, actively trying to get a hold of the ex-governor that day -- suggesting maybe he wasn't as distracted as he said when the two had that critical conversation about Jackson.
"If you're trying to make the point that I was dying to talk to my brother, that's not the case," Robert tells the prosecutor at one point.
As he introduced the exhibits showing the calls, Niewoehner read aloud Robert's phone number.
"Thank you for telling everyone my phone number," Robert snapped, looking down. That got a hearty laugh from the courtroom.
Judge James Zagel has called a lunch break. Court will resume at 1:30.