Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney
Moving onto allegations Rod Blagojevich held up signing a bill to extort campaign contributions from a racetrack industry executive, prosecutor Reid Schar is diving into Blagojevich's personal feelings on his campaign funds.
Before Blagojevich's friend, lobbyist and former Chief of Staff Lon Monk headed out to collect a promised contribution from Monk's own client, Johnny Johnston, Monk and Blagojevich went over the conversation Monk would have with Johnston.
Johnston was waiting on Blagojevich to sign a bill on his desk granting the racetrack industry money redirected from casino profits. Blagojevich maintains he was waiting to review the bill alongside others.
Monk said he would tell Johnston that Blagojevich would be "skittish" about signing the bill before getting the money.
"I'm not gonna cross any lines, one's not for the other, and that's what mattered to me," Blagojevich testified. "How he [Monk] decides to deal with his client who's paying him, I trust his judgment at that point, I trusted his honesty and I trusted his self-interest."
Blagojevich said though campaign funds were "undoubtedly" important to him, he was "very scrupulous in never using the campaign funds for personal use," he tells Schar. "I don't view that as a value to me. It was political."
After a few back-and-forths with Schar about the personal importance of his funds, Schar smiles, seemingly incredulous. "It's nice to see you smile," Blagojevich comments, earning laughter in the court and a big smile from one juror. But Schar's smile disappears.