13 July 2010
At Rod Blagojevich’s trial in Chicago today, a witness testified that Rahm Emanuel asked a state lobbyist to contact Governor Blagojevich and tell him that President-Elect Barack Obama would appreciate seeing his friend Valerie Jarrett replace him in the U.S. Senate.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times,
Emanuel wanted Wyma to deliver a message to Blagojevich.
Wyma, a state lobbyist, just testified that Emanuel told him to call Blagojevich and express something on behalf of the President-Elect.
“He said the President-Elect would value and appreciate Valerie Jarrett in the Senate seat,” Wyma said.
Wyma said he then tried to call Blagojevich at home but “missed him.”
He then called Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris.
Wyma said he passed on Emanuel’s message. ”I told him it would make sense to have Valerie as a pick,” Wyma said.
Harris told him he would give the message “unabridged and unedited” to the then-governor.