Reporting with Natasha Korecki
When federal investigators came to Gerry Krozel's house in the early morning hours of Dec. 9, 2008 -- the day the governor was arrested -- he was "terrified" and lied to get them to leave his house, the road building executive has testified.
Krozel's cross-examination - growing fiery at times - has focused largely on discrepancies between his statements to investigators and his testimony today.
Blago attorney Aaron Goldstein presses an increasingly flustered Krozel on his testimony that he felt pressured to contribute to Blagojevich in connection to the Tollway project, noting that he told the FBI in December 2008 that he did not feel pressured.
Goldstein: "Mr. Krozel, you never felt pressure from Rod Blagojevich, did you."
Krozel: "I sure did."
Goldstein: "You never felt pressured by Lon Monk, did you."
Krozel: "Yes! ... When someone will ask you continuously about money, you feel pressure."
Goldstein: "You felt pressure, but you never felt there was a connection." ...
Krozel: "It was obvious."
Goldstein: "Did he ever say it?"
Krozel: "He never said it but it was obvious. ... Why would he have ever talked about fund-raising? He would have told me how happy I should be about the Tollway program."
Goldstein asks Krozel if he feels "pressure" now.
"I don't feel relaxed," he says, prompting laughter. "But I'm telling my story now."
Goldstein: "You are telling your story, but it's a different story than you told on Dec 9, 2008 ... You lied."
Goldstein: "You're saying you lied to the FBI?"
Krozel exclaims that he was concerned for his wife, who for eight years has suffered from an illness: "She cannot talk, she cannot write, she loses her balance ... and I wanted to get the FBI out of my house and I told them that. I just wanted to get the FBI out of my house."
This is unlikely to affect Krozel, as he is testifying with a promise of immunity. He is now off the stand.