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Harris testimony: Blagojevich asked what he could get for Senate seat

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Reporting with Lark Turner

A plain-spoken and straight-faced John Harris is walking us through the Rod Blagojevich years and thus, is touching on a series of alleged crimes.

Yesterday, prosecutors told jurors their case is divvied up into five major shakedown schemes.

Harris has already touched on three of those -- and is now getting into the Senate seat sale allegations. After Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency in November of 2008, Harris says talk about the seat increased.

Before that though, Blagojevich once offered the seat to Illinois Senate president Emil Jones.

"If you want it, it's yours," Blagojevich told Jones, in front of Harris. Jones expressed no interest, Harris said.

After Jones helped pass ethics legislation in the Senate -- a bill that significantly hampered Blagojevich's fund-raising, Jones appeared to be cut off.

Then something happened, a change that Harris said he found significant and memorable.

The two of them were in a car and Blagojevich turned to Harris.
"What do you think I can get for this?" Harris said Blagojevich asked him during the Oct. 6, 2008, conversation.
Harris said he was taken aback.
"Well, for you nothing," he said he told the then governor. "But you can reward an ally or make an ally."
At that point, Blagojevich turned away and dropped the talk, Harris testified.

"I found that to be a new turn of events," Harris. "(He) was thinking of something he could get for himself."

In court, Blagojevich appears irritated at times, shaking his head. All the while, he's furiously scribbling notes.

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Why aren't Obama and Rahm charged with a crime, Alexrod confirmed Obama discussed a list of names with Blago, then Rahm seconded and said they would show their appreciation, (wink wink). Or how about
During her campaign, Gordon opposed a tax increase but lost anyway. Then in January, Quinn needed her vote to pass his 67 percent income tax hike. He offered her an $86,000-a-year job on the state prison review board. As a potentially interesting confirmation hearing neared, Gordon withdrew her name from consideration Wednesday.

Quinn and Gordon insisted there was no quid pro quo, but anyone who believed that is a chumbolone.

"Why is it OK for Quinn and Careen Gordon to act this way?
Could it be because no crime was committed,.....yet.....Fitzgerald stopped it before it became a crime.

Why aren't Obama and Rahm charged with a crime, Alexrod confirmed Obama discussed a list of names with Blago, then Rahm seconded and said they would show their appreciation, (wink wink). Or how about
During her campaign, Gordon opposed a tax increase but lost anyway. Then in January, Quinn needed her vote to pass his 67 percent income tax hike. He offered her an $86,000-a-year job on the state prison review board. As a potentially interesting confirmation hearing neared, Gordon withdrew her name from consideration Wednesday.

Quinn and Gordon insisted there was no quid pro quo, but anyone who believed that is a chumbolone.

"Why is it OK for Quinn and Careen Gordon to act this way?
Could it be because no crime was committed,.....yet.....Fitzgerald stopped it before it became a crime.

Why aren't Obama and Rahm charged with a crime, Alexrod confirmed Obama discussed a list of names with Blago, then Rahm seconded and said they would show their appreciation, (wink wink). Or how about
During her campaign, Gordon (Democrat) opposed a tax increase but lost anyway. Then in January, Quinn needed her vote to pass his 67 percent income tax hike. He offered her an $86,000-a-year job on the state prison review board. As a potentially interesting confirmation hearing neared, Gordon withdrew her name from consideration Wednesday.

Quinn and Gordon insisted there was no quid pro quo, but anyone who believed that is a chumbolone.

"Why is it OK for Quinn and Careen Gordon to act this way?
Could it be because no crime was committed,.....yet.....Fitzgerald stopped it before it became a crime.

I enjoy your reporting on this trial, do you think Rezko
will be testifying?

He can testify as to what he understood Blagojevich to mean. He can certainly say that the question "What do you think I can get for this?" to mean that Blagojevich wanted to know what he could get for it.

Anyway, great job as always, Natasha. Is the courtroom filling up early like the last trial?

I hope the defense objected, Harris can't testify to what Blagojevich was "thinking"...

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