Reporting with Dave McKinney
Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar is peppering Rod Blagojevich with the ex-governor's own words on tape. Schar is trying to weave a theme that Blagojevich kept trying to craft different deals but no one would bite.
Both are more calm and measured today than they were last week, during their one-hour fiery confrontation.
Schar reads back numerous exchanges on Blagojevich, including one where the ex-gov says he has the Senate seat "tightly wrapped in my arms."
"I'm willing to trade the thing I've got tightly held with her who doesn't have it held so tightly," he says on tape.
"You're the one who used the word 'trade,' isn't that right, Mr. Blagojevich?" Schar asks.
Then comes the pivotal question: If Valerie Jarrett had been willing to make a deal with the then-governor: "You would have named Jarrett senator," Schar says.
"I'm not sure what I would have done," Blagojevich insists on the witness stand.