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Blagojevich to prosecutor: "I'm not sure what I would have done" on Jarrett.

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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.

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Become a Human Lie Detector - Look for Suspicious Behaviors

By themselves, each of these behaviors can just be signs of stress, or even a person's natural mannerisms. One can occur by chance, but when two or more of these behaviors suddenly appear at a moment when lying could be expedient, you should be skeptical. For example, when you ask a ex-governor how honest he is, and he doesn't answer the question or changes the subject, it suggests he's lying.
Here's the top eight list of suspicious behaviors:

A change in the voice's pitch.
A change in the rate of speech.
A sudden increase in the number of "ums" and "ahs."
A change in eye contact. Normally, one makes eye contact one-quarter to one-half of the time. If suddenly, at the convenient moment to lie, he's staring at you or looking away, beware.
Turning his body away from you, even if just slightly.
Suddenly being able to see the white on the top and bottom of a person's eyes, not just the sides.
A hand reaching, even if momentarily, to cover part of the face, especially the mouth.
Nervous movement of feet or legs.
Of course, in order to notice a change, you need a baseline. So you must first watch the person when talking about innocuous issues.

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