Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney
Robert Blagojevich testifies that he didn't take a $6 million offer from Raghu Nayak seriously, saying that he and others in a group of Indian fund-raisers advocating for Jesse Jackson Jr. for the Senate were "awkward and clumsy and naive."
Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner reminds Robert Blagojevich that he previously described Nayak -- who in fall 2008 told the governor's brother he would fund-raise $6 million if Blago would appoint Jackson to the Senate -- as an "amusing gentleman."
The prosecutor suggests this may not be an apt description for a man offering up bribes of $6 million.
"I just felt he was out of his element in what he was talking about and I didn't hold it against him," Robert Blagojevich said.
"Having grown up in an ethnic family" -- the Blagojeviches' father was a Serbian immigrant -- "I can see how they're very clumsy. That's just how I viewed the Indians -- very awkward and clumsy and naïve in our political system. And I put Nayak at the top of the chart."
Niewoehner asks if Nayak was "naive" to believe that $6 million could sway the governor.
"He was naïve to think he could approach a guy like me and get it done," was Robert's answer.