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Blagojevich Fri Jun 18 2010

So You Don't Have To: Choice Excerpts from the Blagojevich Transcripts

Occasionally, I defy conventional boring the shit out of yourself wisdom and read the transcripts from federal cases on the DOJ website. The Family Secrets trial of the Chicago Outfit has some particularly fascinating wiretap transcripts. Since I was whiling away the hours in this fashion, I figured I'd start pulling out some choice nuggets so you don't have to similarly while.

While discussing the alleged shakedown of the betting track owners, there's this nugget:

BLAGOJEVICH What's the story on the, what's the story on, uh, Ivan? I'm gonna make sure...I'm gonna call him and thank him.

ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH Yeah, definitely need to. What do you mean the story?

BLAGOJEVICH I mean it's all done? Everything's in? There's no clean up with, with him.

ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH No. We got 60 in hand.

BLAGOJEVICH Yeah, that's how he operates. That's good.

ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH That guy, I'll tell you what, I was very impressed. He's got a very delightful wife. I had a chance to visit with her. She loves our hair by the way.


ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH Loves your hair and loves my hair and because it's all real. (Laughs) I guess. It's kinda interesting. Very well read lady. Anyway, yeah, ah, 60 and that'll all go in the bank today.

Here's Blago talking about Blair Hull. I don't think Hull will be putting the Blagojevich family on his gold-plated Christmas Newsletter list this year.

BLAGOJEVICH Coordinate with him on Blair Hull. Blair Hull actually thinks he can be senator, you believe this guy?


BLAGOJEVICH He's an idiot.



ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH (UI) so does Jesse, Jr.

BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. He's got people calling my house now, Jesse, Jr.

ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH Well he's putting the full court press on ya. He's gonna raise ya money pal.

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