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Prosecutor: Emanuel asked Blagojevich to make temp appt. to his seat. "It's a favor worth doing."

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Reporting with Dave McKinney

We're back in this morning and prosecutor Reid Schar brings up a Nov. 2008 conversation with Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel -- an exchange that the Chicago Sun-Times has detailed in the past.

House vacancies are not filled by appointment, but require a special election to appoint a replacement. Emanuel was trying to find a way to get around that, Blagojevich said.

Schar asks Blagojevich if he took an oath to uphold the constitution.

"I wouldn't knowingly violate the law whether it was written into the Constitution or the statutes of the state," Blagojevich says.

Schar then asked Blagojevich if in November of 2008 whether then-Congressman Emanuel "raised the issue with you of naming an interim to his seat until a special election was held?" Blagojevich agreed and Schar continued. "That would have given an advantage to the person before the special election was held, would it not?" Schar asked.
"This is what Congressman Emanuel was asking me to do," Blagojevich responded.
The Sun-Times has previously reported that Emanuel in that conversation raised the potential of Forrest Claypool getting named.

Blagojevich said he asked his lawyer about it, who shot down the idea as unconstitutional.

"Yet on Nov. 10th, you talked to (consultant) Fred Yang about naming a replacement. In that conversation, Mr. Yang also indicated to you that naming a replacement would violate the constitution," Schar told Blagojevich.

Blagojevich: "Cong. Emanuel said his lawyers were finding ... legal ways to ... accomplish that."

Schar, though, reads from a transcript in which Blagojevich in heard talking to Yang after his attorney told him he couldn't do it:
Yang on tape: "Right, he wants you to break the constitution of the United States."

Blagojevich: "Right, that's a favor worth doing."

Schar said that Blagojevich went on to say on the tape that by the time anybody sued to stop him, Emanuel's candidate would be off on their special election.

"Isn't that what you said?" Schar said.
"Yes," Blagojevich said.

The prosecution is trying to counter testimony from Blagojevich that he acted with his attorneys advice. In this sequence, they're trying to show that Blagojevich sought advice and ignored it.

But Blagojevich will likely later argue that ultimately, despite his words on tape, he never appointed anyone to Emanuel's post.


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Blagojevich tries to portray all his quid-pro-quo corruption schemes as horse trading parlance that is typical in political circles. He even described himself as a "f..ing jerk" on the witness stand in a vain effort to give the impression that he somehow suffers from the still un-established affliction of "jerkomania!" In short, he tries to banter the jurors into believing that he was a "stupid nerd," but not a corrupt governor who had placed a sign "FOR SALE" over the Illinois Governor's Office door until his arrest by the FBI - as the U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald claimed after his arrest.

Would Blagojevich escape from inside the maze of his corrupt schemes by portraying himself as a blathering buffoon to the jury? I doubt it. But I also believe that, even if it did by a miscarriage of a jury verdict - like in the O.J. Simpson trial, the U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has another ace hidden up his sleeve to try Blagojevich one more time. It is about a case in which a politically connected job seeker in the presence of Blagojevich and Antoin Rezco left on the table a check for $ 25.000 as a political contribution, and was appointed by Blagojevich to a high paying Illinois state job. That scheme was not "a count" in either the previous or the present trial, and Antoin Rezco -now in prison- has not been used by the Feds. Rezco has been convicted more than a year ago, but he was not sentenced yet. I believe he has become the back-up hammer that the Feds keep in reserve to hit him with if something goes wrong with this trial. The Feds have that cancelled check as evidence, and they also have Rezco to verify that it was a payout for the appointment.

My verdict, therefore. Even when this trial is over, it won't be over for Blagojevich! Simply putting it: He had too many skeletons on his closet, and I believe that there is one more skeleton waiting for his day in the court! Nikos Retsos, retired professor, Chicago

Johnny, Dave is so intoxicated on Blago Kool-Aid that he shouldn't be driving. :)

If Blago walks, Dave will be supporting him for president in 2016!

WHERE ARE THE UPDATES TODAY???? SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE BLOG?

Include BO and Rezko in this heap of manure.

Let common sense and swift justice prevail.

Dave - You must have stocked up on the "Blagojevich Kool-Aid" this weekend. LMAO!!

It is amazing the federal prosecutors wiretapped a U.S. governor talking with his legal advisers. There seems to be no state privilege, executive privelege, attorney-client privilege, marital privilege, or any consideration given to the twice-elected people's governor of Illinois.

THIS IS ALREADY GOING TO FAR JUST FINISH THIS CRAZY GUY AND SEND HIMM AWAY TO MUCH TIME & MONEY SPENT ON THIS WHILE PEOPLE NEED FOOD & SHELTER, HE LIED HIS WIFE LIED TAKE THE KIDS AWAY AND LOCK HER UP TO THESE TWO CLOWNS ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY WITH WHAT THEY DID GICE THEM TIME CLOSE THE BOOK STOP WASTING TAX PAYERS MONEY

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