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Blagojevich: Jackson on the stand, denies any quid pro quo

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By Natasha Korecki and Abdon M. Pallasch

Under oath, Jackson says "No I did not" direct or order anyone to offer Rod Blagojevich fund-raising in exchange for appointing him senator.

"I never directed anyone to raise money for another politician in my life, other than myself, in 16 years," Jackson testified.

Jackson started by talking about the steps he took to try to get Blagojevich to appoint him senator.

He walked into the courtroom unsmiling, biting his lower lip. Asked to identify Blagojevich, Jackson smiled and pointed, saying "the guy in the gray suit over there." Blagojevich waved.

He is sitting up straight and testifying very formally.

"I met with editorial boards across the state, instituted a letter-writing campaign of very prominent people to urge him to appoint me. ... Some local newspapers wrote articles telling me to slow down my self-advocacy," Jackson said.

Jackson recalled the half-hour meeting he held with Blagojevich and Blagojevich's chief of staff John Harris at which he made his pitch for Blagojevich to appoint him senator.

"No I did not" offer any fund-raising in exchange for the appointment, Jackson said.

Jackson produced the binder he brought with him to that meeting, showing what he thought were all his attributes that he felt warranted his appointment as senator.

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