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Did Blagojevich shake down someone for the Senate seat? "Absolutely not."

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Reporting with Abdon Pallasch

Rod Blagojevich may not get to tell the jury that he thought what he was doing was legal, but he's repeatedly brought up his gubernatorial attorney, Bill Quinlan.

Blagojevich said he talked to Quinlan about the Senate seat appointment: "Constantly ... repeatedly and repetitively."

His calls with Quinlan averaged about three times a day, including on the weekends, he said.

He said that his conversations with Quinlan included talking about getting President-Elect Obama to funnel billions in aid to Illinois in exchange for appointing Obama's candidate to the Senate seat. Blagojevich said his talks with Quinlan helped frame his state of mind as he was deciding what to do with the Senate seat.

Blagojevich testified that at the time of his arrest, he didn't make a decision about the appointment.
"I never got there," he told his lawyer Aaron Goldstein.

"Did you ever attempt to shake down anyone for the Senate seat?" Goldstein asked.
Blagojevich: "Absolutely not."
"Ever demand anything in exchange for the Senate seat?"
Blagojevich: "Absolutely not."

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