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Blagojevich: Pols throughout history did just what he did

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By Abdon M. Pallasch, reporting with Natasha Korecki

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is citing all the historical precedent on his mind when he sought an ambassadorship or a non-profit post in exchange for appointing President Obama's close friend Valerie Jarrett to Obama's senate seat:

President Ford offered Ronald Reagan two cabinet positions and an ambassadorship not to run, Blagojevich said.

Dwight Eisenhower offered Earl Warren a seat on the U.S Supreme Court in exchange for his support...

The jury is not hearing any of this -- this is Blagojevich seeking Judge Zagel's permission to make this argument to the jury

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I agree about a job, he worded it in ways that would tick off people in the tapes, but it is the exact same thing that presidents have done, we talked about it in one of my classes Im not saying its right but its the same thing. Probably ethically questionable, but so long as he wasn't considering jackson which they are argueing it seems to be the same.

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