Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Robert Blagojevich said he was briefly present at a September 2008 meeting with road-building executive Gerry Krozel. But he said he did not hear any talk about trying to get a contribution from him in exchange for the governor's OK of an Illinois Tollway project.
"What I remember from that discussion was talking to him about his ill wife," Robert testifies. "I had been working in my fund-raising role for 40-something days, it was very new to me."
Ettinger: "Were you there for any requests from Lon Monk to Gerry Krozel to raise money?"
Robert: "I have no recollection of that, no."
Ettinger: "Were you there for the whole meeting?"
Robert: "Typically, meeting like that, I'm in and out."
Ettinger: "Other than that one meeting, did you ever see Gerry Krozel again?"
Ettinger: "Did you ever talk to Gerry Krozel again?"
Ettinger: "Did Gerry Krozel ever contribute a nickel?"
Robert: "Not to my knowledge, no."
Robert says he had Krozel marked down on his fund-raising lists with a likely contribution of "zero."
"It was just so vague as to whether there was any potential there or not," Robert says.