Reporting with Natasha Korecki
FBI agent Patrick Murphy testified earlier that the cooperation of Joseph Cari -- who signed a plea deal with prosecutors -- helped spur the investigation of Rod Blagojevich and a May 2005 interview with the ex-governor.
Defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. now seizes on this topic, questioning Murphy about Cari's testimony to the FBI.
Cari spoke to federal agents on five or so occasions before the ex-governor was interviewed, Adam notes; in several of those talks, Cari failed to mention the much-publicized plane ride on which the ex-governor allegedly tried to wrangle the fund-raiser's help on his campaign.
Adam pushes Murphy for specifics on the FBI's 2005 interview with Blagojevich, questioning the agent's interpretations of what the then-governor said.
"When you were sitting there with Gov. Blagojevich, did you show him one state contract that was connected to fund-raising?" Adam asks. He get no answer. Prosecutors object and Judge Zagel sustains.
Adam also brings up that Blagojevich did tell investigators that he did have some incidental knowledge of fund-raising, which he picked up just by attending fund-raising events.
During the exchange, Adam becomes increasingly animated, using his hands, gesturing, pacing.
Zagel remains unamused, sustaining a prosecution objection at one point while leaning his face on his head, saying lazily: "asked and answered."