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Blagojevich says Hastert told him, 'Get your quid pro quo and make it a two-fer'

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Continuing with his defense that he was simply following the advice of trusted advisers, Rod Blagojevich testifies that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert told him to get something for himself in exchange for the Senate seat.

"Get your quid pro quo and make it a two-fer," Blagojevich alleges Hastert said to him.

What Hastert meant, Blagojevich continues, was that he should appoint someone like Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White or Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the Senate seat, so he could also appoint a replacement for their positions -- thus getting a "two-for-one" appointment.

Blagojevich said he had a "very close relationship" with Hastert, who he saw as a "seasoned veteran" and "the coach you wanted to always impress."

Blagojevich is also suggesting that up to a certain point, he really wanted to appoint himself Senator, which he had the power to do -- but his advisers urged him against it.

Doug Scofield "consistently had the position that this was a bad move for me," Blagojevich testifies on appointing himself to the seat.

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