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Rahm Emanuel got head's up from Fitzgerald on Blagojevich arrest

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U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald personally called Rahm Emanuel, but it wasn't exactly a congratulatory dial-up.

Fitzgerald called Emanuel the morning Rod Blagojevich was arrested in 2008 to let him know his name would likely come up in the complaint filed against Blagojevich. Emanuel then had just been tapped to be chief of staff at the White House. Discussion about the phone call came up in federal court Wednesday as defense lawyers sought a copy of the call.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar said the call was routine and was not recorded.

"Members of the U.S. attorney's office called a series of people to let them know an arrest had been made," Schar said.

Emanuel was not accused of wrongdoing.

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Fitzgerald called him personally??? Fitzgerald was just doing a follow up call for John Wyma, Wyma told Emanuel and the Obama team about the FBI serveillance months before the arrest of Blago...This is WHY Obama used Balanoff as a go-between to pass along his Jarrett Senate pick...Prosecutors should be held to a higher standard, they shouldn't be as corrupt as the defendents..

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