A former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified Tuesday that the former governor was so anxious to leave Illinois and put his political woes behind him at the end of 2008 that he saw President Barack Obama’s election as a chance to broker a deal to go to Washington, D.C.
Prosecutors played several secretly taped phone calls between Blagojevich and his then-chief of staff, John Harris, during Harris’ second day on the stand Tuesday.
“I’d like to get the f*** out of here,” Blagojevich said on one of the tapes, recorded the morning after Obama won the 2008 presidential election. “The objective is to get a good gig over there,” meaning D.C.
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A week before the election, Blagojevich and Obama had met with two top union officials, apparently sent on Obama’s behalf, who told them the future president wanted his close friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett appointed to be his successor.
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