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John Harris, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former chief of staff, will report to McHenry County jail on May 22 to carry out his 10-day sentence his lawyer said today.

Terry Ekl, Harris' attorney, said the U.S. Bureau of Prisons designated Harris there. Federal inmates sometimes serve out shorter sentences at county jails, Ekl said.

Harris was a key witness in Blagojevich's trial and his retrial.

Patti Blagojevich expressed anger after Harris was sentenced asking what was wrong with the world that sent her husband away for 14 years but saw his underling get just 10 days.

Harris cooperated from the day of his arrest -- the same day Blagjoevich was arrested.


Under cross-examination, former chief of staff John Harris said he told his boss Blagojevich that his chances of becoming U.N. ambassador were "extremely remote," even though that wasn't the case.

"I actually thought it would be no chance," Harris said.

So, Goldstein wondered, why did you tell him it would be extremely remote?

"It seemed more polite," Harris responded, and Goldstein replied, "I understand."

The defense is getting its questions in, but it seems like most of them aren't being answered.

Goldstein continues to rack up a slew of objections in the cross-examination, which has ranged this morning from questions about alleged shakedowns of the horseracing industry and a Chicago school to allegations about the Senate seat.

Goldstein has repeatedly implied that Blagojevich wanted to appoint himself to the Senate seat all along and that at times Harris and Blagojevich were "just shooting the breeze about politics."

Goldstein also brought up Harris' legal background and tried to get him to say part of his job as chief of staff was advising the governor, lines of questioning that were rejected by the judge. The defense is trying to imply that if anything the governor did was illegal, his legally-trained advisers should have told him so.

The court's now breaking for lunch.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein is racking up objections in court today as he begins his questioning of Blagojevich's former chief of staff John Harris by asking him about his plea agreement with the government.

"You'd do anything for your family, right?" Goldstein asked Harris, earning another objection.

Goldstein's trying to imply that Harris is fabricating his testimony in order to get the best deal possible with the government, but Harris is resisting, saying he's agreed to be truthful and cooperate with the government: two things he says are one and the same.

Harris' testimony kicked off with an admission: when he was first arrested, Harris said he lied to the FBI, though was not specific about what he lied about.

Harris is currently an apprentice electrician in order to help "provide for his family," in Goldstein's phrasing. He asked about the possibility that Harris might end up on probation, and whether or not that was something Harris wanted.

"You don't want to be incarcerated, right?" Goldstein asked.

"No, of course not," answered Harris.

Now Goldstein is questioning Harris about allegations that Blagojevich held up a promised grant to the Academy for Urban School Leadership as part of a shakedown.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

After going home sick early Thursday, defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein is ready for court today, though still coughing, while a decent-sized crowd assembles to watch the defense take on the government's first big witness.

Other members of the defense team are looking different than they did Thursday, too: Blagojevich and his lawyer Elliott Riebman look like they've both had haircuts.

The prosecutors examined Blagojevich's former chief of staff John Harris for most of last week.

Harris Thursday testimony finished up with a discussion of an alleged scheme to sell President Obama's Senate seat to Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in exchange for a $1.5 million campaign contribution. Harris spent much of his time on the stand testifying about the Senate seat allegations.

Reporting with Lark Turner


We're back in this morning with John Harris on the stand, and a slew of recordings that delve deep into the Senate seat negotiations that were in full force in the fall of 2008.

On tape Rod Blagojevich is talking about what's next and how he can transition into the private sector while remaining politically viable.

Harris tells him he will be disappointed if he doesn't keep working for stuff he believes in.

Blagojevich has another take: "You have to understand it's very important for me to make a lot of money."

Blagojevich went on to talk about his family and how vulnerable he's making his family--wife and daughters--and how Amy will be 14 and then be off to college.

In court, Patti Blagojevich purses her lips; at end of conversation about paying for Amy's college he turns to Patti with similar look (pursed lips, disappointment).

In a recent interview, Patti and Rod said they drained Amy's college fund to pay bills, following the ex-governor's impeachment and Patti losing her job.


Reporting with Lark Turner

John Harris testifies that on Nov. 10, 2008, lobbyist John Wyma called him with a message from President-Elect Obama's camp.

Harris, of course, doesn't know that Wyma at this point had been secretly working with the feds for at least a month in the Blagojevich probe. Wyma, former congressional chief of staff to Blagojevich, was also close to Rahm Emanuel.

"(Wyma) told me he had a message to deliver to me from Rahm Emanuel, who was trying to get a hold of the governor. And John Wyma was trying to get a hold of the governor, but they could not get through. I understood they knew each other well, Wyma was chief of staff," to Blagojevich Harris testified. It does not appear that the Wyma/Harris phone call happened on a wired line.

The message Wyma passed along?
"That the President-elect would be thankful and appreciative if the governor would appoint Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat," Harris said. "I said I understood and I would deliver the message."

On Nov. 11, Harris relays the message to his boss. This time the call is recorded.

"We know he wants her, they're not willing to give me anything, just appreciation, f--- them," Blagojevich says on tape.

The next day, Valerie Jarrett pulled out of contention for the Senate seat post.


John Harris is still on the stand and we're listening to a conference call with Harris, Rod Blagojevich and gubernatorial advisers.

Adviser Fred Yang tells Blagojevich who he should not put in the Senate seat.

Yang: "The only option you should not consider is the appointment of Jesse Jackson Jr."
Blagojevich:"You and Obama agree on that one," he laughs. "Tell me why."
Yang: "I don't think he deserves to be in the United State Senate, number one, I don't think he can hold a Senate seat.

"Not to mention number 3," Blagojevich interjects: "He's a bad guy."
He's really not the guy I hoped or thought he was. He's really bad.
That's highly, highly, highly unlikely."

Jackson once burned Blagojevich when, in a gubernatorial primary, he backed Roland Burris after promising Blagojevich he'd get the endorsement.

Blagojevich: Can I be governor forever?

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Reporting with Lark Turner

We're back up and running this afternoon as prosecutors weave a tale, through recorded tapes, of a governor desperate to get into a high-paying job and out of Illinois.

Rod Blagjoevich is on a conference call with advisers where he's heard complaining about President-Elect Obama's political ascension.

"Obama has put a ceiling on me now ... Can I be governor forever?" Blagojevich said on the recording played in court.
Blagojevich appears to feel hemmed in after the 2008 presidential election, lamenting there was no room for his own political movement. He wonders what's better than governor? Mayor of Chicago?
"What else would you want to do if you're governor of Illinois? How long do you want to be governor?" He later adds: "Look at Obama, I believe I'm more pristine on (convicted businessman Tony) Rezko than him."

With John Harris still up on the stand, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton tries to go in for the kill on the allegation that Blagojevich was attempting to leverage his power to appoint someone to the U.S. Senate to get a personal benefit.

"In the end, he wanted one for the other," former chief of staff John Harris says of Blagojevich's talk regarding Valerie Jarrett, Obama's pick to replace him in the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Hamilton: "To be clear, he did in fact ask for the position of Health and Human Services in exchange for making Valerie Jarrett Senator?
Harris: Yes.

They also touch on the Lisa Madigan deal, which is discussed on tape. Blagojevich repeatedly raises Madigan on tape as a way to scare Obama's people into thinking if they don't give Blagojevich what he wants (a job, ambassadorship) then he'll appoint Madigan.
Outside of court, Blagojevich has repeatedly said that he seriously considered a deal to appoint Madigan to the Senate seat so that he could move his legislative agenda through the Springfield stalemate.

Hamilton asks Harris if the Madigan deal was realistic.
"No one had approached Lisa Madigan there was no steps in that direction, other than discussing possible lists of items that might be in a legislative package," Harris said.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Wednesday morning brings more testimony from John Harris, who's being asked about pay-to-play allegations and Blagojevich's attempts to find a job for his wife, Patti, after news of a federal investigation adversely affected her work in real estate.

In a tape from the morning of Nov. 6, 2008, Blagojevich and Harris are talking about an upcoming meeting with SEIU union leader Tom Balanoff, where Blagojevich plans to ask him about possible positions in exchange for a Senate seat. Harris testified that Balanoff told him President-elect Barack Obama wanted Blagojevich to name Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat.

As part of a discussion with Harris about what well-paying positions or jobs he might be able to get, Harris suggested to Blagojevich that he could be head of SEIU's "Change to Win" campaign.

"I tell ya, it's f---ing a great idea," Blagojevich tells Harris. "It's a great idea."

Harris testified that if Blagojevich didn't get the job he wanted in Obama's administration -- Secretary of Health and Human Services -- he told him maybe Balanoff would be willing to give him or his wife a position on SEIU's "Change to Win" campaign.

He wanted a job for Patti because the family's finances were in trouble, Harris said. She's currently in the hallway; she has been asked to leave when there's testimony about her.

Perhaps it's a good thing she's out of the room: prosecutors just played a tape where Patti and her husband get in a fight about the merits of the "Change to Win" position.

"How about I hang up on you. What are you doin'? What is this?" Blagojevich asks Patti on the phone when she suggests the SEIU job might not pay well. But the two make up before the end of the call.

"I gotta stop swearin'. I gotta stop swearin'," he tells Patti.

"It's terrible," she says. "Total gutter mouth."

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

A bizarre phone call was just heard in Judge James Zagel's courtroom -- and it had nothing to do with Blagojevich.

"Hello? Helllllooooo?" a man's voice could be heard coming through the courtroom's sound system in an apparently live call, interrupting testimony from John Harris. The caller whistled, wondering why nobody was answering. "Anybody home?"

"We're going to take a short break," Zagel said as everyone in the courtroom looked around and laughed, including the jurors. One Zagel staffer ran out of the room, presumably to get some help with the issue.

"All rise!" the marshal said, clearing the courtroom.

With everyone out of the courtroom, Zagel and his staff are trying to figure out how the call was broadcast over the sound system and what phone might have caused the interruption.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

John Harris is testifying about a conversation with Blagojevich where the two role-played an upcoming conversation with union leader Tom Balanoff on the day after Barack Obama's election.

In the conversation, which was played for the jury, Blagojevich talks to Harris about whether or not he should imply that he's considering Attorney General Lisa Madigan or Senate President Emil Jones for the Senate seat. Harris said he had no knowledge of any possible deal with Madigan.

Blagojevich wanted "to raise the value of the request; in other words, that if the President-elect wants Valerie Jarrett, the governor would be foregoing a possible deal with Speaker [Mike] Madigan, something he valued."

In the tape, Blagojevich says he wants to get the 'eff' out of Illinois. He asks Harris how he can bring it up with Balanoff, Harris testified.

"See, the other thing is, how do I make a play for somethin' in that end over there?" Blagojevich asks Harris on the tape. "How do you bring that up? Do you do it with Balanoff or no?"

In a conversation a few minutes later that morning, Blagojevich continues to run possible job requests by Harris, primarily the position of secretary of Health and Human Services, something Harris tells Blagojevich is probably unlikely. Blagojevich throws out a few different positions he could be appointed to, including the feasibility of him being appointed the U.S. ambassador to India or South Africa.

"Why can't I be ambassador to India?" Blagojevich asks on the tape.

This goes on for several pages in the tape's transcript.

"We went through quite a few alternatives," Harris testified.

One of those alternatives was head of the Salvation Army. In a subsequent, similar call with the two men and Bob Greenlee, Blagojevich's former deputy governor, Blagojevich brings up this possibility and asks if he would have to wear a uniform.

The gallery in the courtroom laughs at that. Patti Blagojevich looks a little tired; she's resting her head on her hand with her eyes closed.

With that tape, court ends for the day.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Continuing to elicit testimony on the Senate seat, the prosecution is playing tapes detailing conversations between Blagojevich, Harris and union leaders Tom Balanoff and Andy Stern. Blagojevich and Harris knew Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett appointed to the seat, but testified that Blagojevich wanted something in return.

"Do they think I'll appoint her for nothing, just to make it happen?" Blagojevich asks Harris on tape.

Harris responds to Blagojevich by saying the President-elect would probably expect some more demands from the governor: demands regarding Illinois' federal government wishlist, like more Medicaid resources.

"I'm simply suggesting [to Blagojevich] that I'm sure they're thinking you're going to want help with your governing agenda, the type of help a president can give in helping a governor get things done," Harris testified.

Harris also discussed a meeting with himself, Blagojevich, Stern and Balanoff where he says Blagojevich suggested he might appoint Illinois Senate President Emil Jones or Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the seat. Harris says Blagojevich suggested appointing Jarrett would be a "significant sacrifice" for him.

At the end of the meeting, Stern and Balanoff said they would go back to Obama and "his people" to make sure Jarrett was his favorite pick for the Senate seat.

As for Blagojevich appointing himself to the seat?

"That was always a possibility, and always in his discussions," Harris testified.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

In the same phone call where John Harris tells Blagojevich that Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett appointed to the seat (a desire relayed to Harris through Rahm Emanuel, Harris says), Blagojevich asks Harris what appointment he might get in the President-elect's cabinet.

"What other cabinet position would be not stupid?" Blagojevich asks Harris, throwing out the possibility of being appointed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Harris tells him it's unlikely.

"Ridiculous?" Blagojevich asks. "S---, that'd be cool."

On the call, the two men laugh. In court today, Blagojevich smiles with his head down.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Government witness John Harris has gotten to the Senate seat charges, and just described two meetings with the then-governor, himself and the governor's legal adviser Bill Quinlan where Harris says Quinlan told Blagojevich he could not look for something for himself in exchange for the seat.

"You can't talk about this, you can't even joke about this," Harris said Quinlan told Blagojevich in late October 2008. "He could not talk about the two in the same sentence."

Quinlan's warning to Blagojevich is significant. His lawyer told him not to try and exchange the Senate seat for personal benefits. Blagojevich has long claimed he did not realize he was doing anything wrong or improper and that he acted with the knowledge of his advisers.

The prosecution also showed the jury an internal document Harris wrote with talking points and a plan for appointing a replacement should then-senator Barack Obama be elected president.

The document advised Blagojevich to appoint a team to help choose candidates for Senate.

"I will not turn this into a public spectacle," Harris advised Blagojevich to say in the document.

Harris said the document was only ever used for public talking points.

He's also described a conversation with then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel prior to Obama's election regarding a possible candidate for Senate.

"He told me that Senator Obama had a preferred candidate," Harris testified. " I understood [him] to be referring to Valerie Jarrett."

The prosecution is now playing a phone call where Harris relays to Blagojevich what Emanuel told him. He tells Blagojevich that Obama wants Jarrett appointed to the seat.


Reporting with Lark Turner

A plain-spoken and straight-faced John Harris is walking us through the Rod Blagojevich years and thus, is touching on a series of alleged crimes.

Yesterday, prosecutors told jurors their case is divvied up into five major shakedown schemes.

Harris has already touched on three of those -- and is now getting into the Senate seat sale allegations. After Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency in November of 2008, Harris says talk about the seat increased.

Before that though, Blagojevich once offered the seat to Illinois Senate president Emil Jones.

"If you want it, it's yours," Blagojevich told Jones, in front of Harris. Jones expressed no interest, Harris said.

After Jones helped pass ethics legislation in the Senate -- a bill that significantly hampered Blagojevich's fund-raising, Jones appeared to be cut off.

Then something happened, a change that Harris said he found significant and memorable.

The two of them were in a car and Blagojevich turned to Harris.
"What do you think I can get for this?" Harris said Blagojevich asked him during the Oct. 6, 2008, conversation.
Harris said he was taken aback.
"Well, for you nothing," he said he told the then governor. "But you can reward an ally or make an ally."
At that point, Blagojevich turned away and dropped the talk, Harris testified.

"I found that to be a new turn of events," Harris. "(He) was thinking of something he could get for himself."

In court, Blagojevich appears irritated at times, shaking his head. All the while, he's furiously scribbling notes.



Onetime Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris has taken the witness stand and is giving an overview of interactions with his onetime boss.
Blagojevich told him to hold up grant money that was to go to a school in then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel's district, he says. That sets the stage for an attempted extortion allegation.
He's also talking about Blagojevich's financial motivations in 2007 and 2008.
"He was very concerned about paying off those bills and dwindling the balance in his campaign fund," Harris said of the then-governor's mounting legal bills.
Harris said Blagojevich was working to build his campaign warchest even though he didn't plan to seek another term.
Money was symbolic of Blagojevich's power. At odds with Springfield at the time, Blagojevich needed to show he had some backing.
"People were shying away from the governor, both personally and in terms of financial support," Harris said, referencing the indictments of two top fund-raisers, Tony Rezko and Christopher Kelly.
Having Harris on first is a change-up. Prosecutors are putting him on as the first overview witness, perhaps viewing him as the least tainted insider.
That's a change from last trial when Lon Monk (who had more issues to contend with) was tapped to go first.
Some insiders point to Harris, 49, as among the tragedies in the Rod Blagojevich case.
Harris is a former military man who worked in city government, he was the go-to guy on the O'Hare Modernization Project and eventually landed a mayoral appointment as budget director.
Then he went to work for Blagojevich.
Harris became Blagojevich's chief of staff in 2005. He resigned in Dec. 2008, three days after he was arrested. He's pleaded guilty to conspiracy to solicit a bribe. He's hoping for probation and now works as an electrician.


Reporting with Natasha Korecki

The courtroom quiets as prosecutor Carrie Hamilton fires off a series of questions in her re-direct, her voice rising.

"Did (Blagojevich) ever say he loved the people of Illinois so much -- that's why he considered Valerie Jarrett?" Hamilton asks.
"No," Harris says.

"When he directed you to tell the Chicago Tribune to fire those f-ing people ... did you believe him to be venting or serious?" she asks.
"Serious," Harris says.

Harris says he never tried personally benefiting from anything during the conspiracy with Blagojevich.

"Sir, was it clear to you that defendant Blagojevich was trying to benefit himself?" Hamilton asks.
"Yes," Harris says.

Blagojevich stares right at the witness, not reacting.

As he nears the end of his cross-examination -- "Just a few more questions," he's said more than once -- Sam Adam has begun to question the credibility and intentions of government witness John Harris.

Adam questioned Harris about his plea deal with prosecutors, under which a sentence that might have been 20 year in prison and a $250,000 fine will be reduced due to his cooperation.

And he called into question the witness' ability to testify about what the ex--governor meant when he is heard speaking on government wiretaps.

"Would you agree that the best person to say what the governor was thinking would be the governor himself?" Adam asked him.

"I can't speak to what he was thinking, necessarily, but what I underand based on my years working for him and the amount of contact we had," Harris said calmly.

Adam has wrapped up his cross-examination and prosecutor Carrie Hamilton is re-directing.

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Government witness John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff, is back on the witness stand being cross-examined by Sam Adam Sr.

Adam is questioning Harris on Blagojevich's much-discussed efforts to strike up a deal with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Under that plan, Blago would appoint Madigan's daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to a U.S. Senate seat in exchange for the speaker's cooperation on a statewide health care bill and a promise to not raise taxes.

These discussions with Madigan did occur, Harris said -- but they were a sham, designed to "demonstrate good will and effort" so that when Madigan did not cooperate, Blago could appoint himself to the Senate seat.

That way, Harris said, Blago could say "the reason for him to appoint himself was his inability to get Madigan's cooperation.

Witnesses were brought into those talks, Harris said, to give them more credibility.

Already this morning, the prosecution is objecting. Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton looks exasperated as she objects, squinting and shaking her head as she's standing up.


A heavy-breathing Rod Blagojevich sounds as if he's lifting weights at home as he's heard on speaker phone suggesting Oprah Winfrey as Illinois' next U.S. Senator.
"That's crazy," his top aide John Harris is heard responding.
"That's where you're wrong," the then-governor says. "She's a king-maker. She made Obama. ... She's up there so high that no one can assail this pick. This would be huge."
Rod Blagojevich is audibly out of breath during the conversation.

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Cross examination of former chief of staff John Harris continues, with Sam Adam Sr. questioning him about an ethics bills that would greatly limit then-Gov. Blagojevich's fund-raising prowess.

Adam noted that the 2008 legislation would only limit the governor's fund-raising. It blocked him from accepting larger contributions from firms doing state business.

"The same corporations could continue to give as much as money as they wanted to representatives," Adam asked and Harris agreed.

"This is not fair, this is targeted at me as governor," Adam asked if Blagojevich told him.
Harris was not allowed to respond, the answer was clear anyway.

Through questioning, Adam also had Harris explain gridlock that was going on in Springfield at the time Rod Blagojevich was governor.

Sam Adam suggested powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan worked to block Blagojevich as "The Governor (worked) ... to help expand health care for the citizens of Illinois," Adam said.

By contrast, then-Illinois Senate President Emil Jones was a frequent ally.

The questions have the feel of a disjointed civics lesson, or at the very least, an explanation of Blagojevich's friends and enemies in Springfield.

This is a way that Blagojevich's defense can slip in the former governor's "good works," while he was in office. Blagojevich has long touted health care expansion among his chief achievements.

Reporting with Sarah Ostman


We're nearing the day that Rod Blagojevich gets arrested. The recording just played is in early December, just the week before the former governor's arrest.

Blagojevich is heard reacting to a Chicago Tribune article that he read to say that lobbyist and friend John Wyma had been wearing a wire.

Blagojevich asks Harris if he believed Wyma's attorney, who was making public statements saying Wyma had not been wearing a wire.

"Do you believe him?" Blagojevich asked Harris.

Harris said he had no reason not to believe him.

(The Tribune reported that the government was recording Rod Blagojevich based on information by Wyma. Prosecutors later disclosed that Wyma had refused to wear a wire but he provided the probable cause basis for wiretaps in the case.)

Blagojevich then switches topics to the Chicago Tribune editorial board, asking why editorial writer John McCormick hadn't been canned.

"So McCormick stays at the Tribune, huh?" Blagojevich is heard asking.

Harris said he once again fibbed about the situation.

"I was trying to buy more time, telling him more layoffs were coming," Harris said.


In one mid-November, 2008, Rod Blagojevich sent his top aide, John Harris, to approach then-Illinois Senate President Emil Jones with a deal:

Blagojevich would appoint Jones if he considered turning over his campaign warchest to the governor.

"I told Jones that Emil Jones was the governor's favorite candidate next to himself," Harris said he told Jones.

"I did discuss with Sen. Jones than no one other than Emil had been a friend of the governor," Harris said.

But that's where the talk stopped, Harris said. He never broached the topic of money with Jones, he said.

"I believe the impression I gave the governor was that I talked about Emil's warchest and big bucket of campaign money," in relation to the Senate seat, Harris said.

Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton asked why Harris didn't do as he was told
"If the governor wanted to ask for the money, he would do himself," Harris said he believed.

"I grew to like Emil Jones. We were close, a friend," Harris said. "I was not going to have that conversation with him."

Hamilton pressed Harris on why he didn't tell Blagojevich it was an inappropriate request.

Harris said from the stand: "I knew it would happen anyway, if I simply told him I wasn't going to do it, he would be disappointed. It would be a fight. I didn't want to get into it, I was working on the legislative session."

Reporting with Sarah Ostman


Rod Blagojevich is now heard on tape saying that the next U.S. Senator must satisfy three criteria: "Legal, personal and political."

This is how top aide John Harris testified Blagojevich defined each one.

Legal: "The legal investigation of his administration and his family finances."
Personal: "His personal economic security his need to secure some sort of economic future for himself. Someone who can put pressure on the Department of Justice to back off on the federal investigation."
Political: "His political situation."

Appointing someone close to Blagojevich might help slow a federal probe into Blagojevich's administration, the former governor said on a recorded call.

"It might change the aggressiveness or it might change the level of pursuit by the federal authorities," Harris testified.

In the midst of trial, the judge's monitor falls off his table. Silence in the courtroom.
Long pause.

"I believe this table was provided to me by the lowest bidder," Zagel says and everyone laughs.


Blagojevich trial: Day 14 -- and recap

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Wednesday recap

Jurors hear how Rod Blagojevich spends his day as governor. He's at his home, ordering two state-paid workers to research future high-paying jobs for himself.
Blagojevich desperately wants out of his position and plans to ask then-President Elect Obama to help him get a high-paying job in return for appointing Obama friend Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate seat.

Good for prosecutors: Beyond the constant plotting that goes on in call after call, Blagjoevich can be heard snapping at wife Patti on the phone as she's looking up salary information for him. "You're just wasting f------ time. We're making it up. We're saying this is what I want...this is the deal."


Good for Blagojevich:
Defense files a new request asking that federal prosecutors be forced to turn over FBI reports of its 2008 interview with President-Elect Obama. They say testimony by former chief of staff John Harris contradicts what the prosecution has previously said about Obama's knowledge of deal-making going on with Jarrett.

Up today: Harris testifies for the fourth straight day as a series of lengthy recorded phone calls are played for jurors.


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