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.