After Barack Obama friend Valerie Jarrett publicly pulled out of contention for the U.S. Senate seat appointment, Rahm Emanuel... wanted Blagojevich to know the list of Senate candidates "acceptable" to Obama, according to testimony Thursday in Blagojevich's corruption trial.
They were: Tammy Duckworth; Illinois state comptroller Dan Hynes; U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, according to Blagojevich's former chief of staff John Harris.
Harris told the ex-governor of the discussion in a secretly recorded phone call Nov. 12.
On the call, Blagojevich calls the list "B.S."
Harris testified the former governor believed Obama's list to be political cover.
"If that became public, the president-elect would want the list to represent a diverse group of individuals," Harris explained from the stand.
June 25, 2010
"The president-elect would be very pleased if you appointed Valerie and he would be, uh, thankful and appreciative."
"They're not willing to give me anything but appreciation -- f--- them." Blagojevich. The trial continues.