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Governor Blagojevich has a special favor to ask of Rahm, and is excited about this phone call to White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. A US Senate appointment is on the table!
Will Rahm have good news for Rod; news that makes all his dreams come true?
FROM THE NOV-2008 TRANSCRIPT OF AN FBI WIRETAP « less
EMANUELThis is Rahm.BLAGOHey Rahm, yeah it's Rod.EMANUELUh-huh. What's going on governor, I'm busy.BLAGOWell, it's about that Senate appointment...EMANUELWe already gave you the list of people we like.BLAGOYeah, I been looking the list over. Interesting names. Good people. How's the transition going?EMANUELIt's going fine, governor. Are you calling to fucking tell me anything, or what, cause I--BLAGONo no, I'm just wondering if you have all your picks already made. I heard something about [Tom] Dashle for HHS--EMANUELI'm not gonna discuss ongoing deliberations, Gov, you know that.BLAGOHey, come on Rahm, let's not act like I'm a stranger here.EMANUELDid I call you a stranger? If I thought you were a stranger, you think I'd be interrupting my important fucking business to take this goddamn fucking phone call?BLAGOHey you don't have to get curt with me, Rahm.EMANUELThis isn't me being curt, Gov, this is me being fucking busy. Now what did you call about?BLAGOI'm just feeling you out, seeing if Valerie [Jarret] still wants that Senate seat, just wondering what kind of priority that is for the President-Elect.EMANUELActually, it's not a priority. Valerie's had second thoughts about the job.BLAGOWhat, she doesn't want it anymore?EMANUELShe's having second thoughts. You want more details, you ask her.BLAGOShe won't take my calls.EMANUELBig fucking surprise.BLAGOWhat's that supposed to mean?EMANUELUm, I don't know, what's it supposed to mean governor? A.) You're a fucking crook. B.) You're a fucking asshole. C.) All of the above.BLAGOI'm clean Rahm, you know this. You think that fucking Fitzgerald would being twiddling his fucking thumbs if he had shit to go on?EMANUELI gotta go, Gov. You appoint who you want, we don't really give a shit.BLAGOWhat if I appoint Valerie, what if she takes it?EMANUELWhat do you want me to say? We'd appreciate it, I'm not gonna fucking kiss your ring over it.BLAGO"Appreciate it"? Come on, this is a senate seat we're talking about. It's worth a fuck of a lot more than appreciation.EMANUELYou asked us for a list, we gave you a fucking list, you want to make your own list then make your own fucking list.(raising voice)But if you're asking for anything else from me, or Barack, or Valerie, then you can fucking stop talking right now Rod.BLAGOWait a sec there Rahm. Wait just a fucking minute. Who are you to talk to me like that? I fucking made you.EMANUELYou made me? You made me? Tell me you're fucking joking.BLAGONo no no, you listen to me shit-face. You see this list I got, the names motherfucking Obama fucking wants for the Senate. I just ripped it in two. How you like that? Oops, Harris just dropped it in the shredder. Harris?HARRIS(muffled)Yes sir?BLAGODid you just drop that list in the shredder?There is a whirring, shredder noise.HARRIS(muffled)I did.EMANUELDo you have me on fucking speakerphone?BLAGOIt's in the shredder, Rahm. The list is bye bye.EMANUELHold on a sec -- you got me on fucking speakerphone? Who the fuck do you think I am?BLAGOWho are you Rahm? Who are you? You're shit, you hear me? Don't come back to Chicago Rahm, it's not your town any more.EMANUELPick up the phone Rod.BLAGOI'll put someone in the Senate who will fucking fuck you. I might even put myself in there, how you like that Rahm? How you gonna explain that to fucking Barack, every time he's gotta call me up for my fucking vote. He'd have to take my calls then, wouldn't he?EMANUEL(screaming)I said pick up the fucking phone! BLAGO(Picks up phone, speakerphone off)I got your attention now, didn't I?EMANUELShut the fuck up and listen to me for one second Rod. And I want you to listen carefully, because this is the last time I'm ever going to talk to you. You are fucking dead to me. You been fucking dead to Barack since '06, now you're dead to me. Know what that means? That means you're dead to my people in Chicago, Daley on down, and all these friends you think you have aren't gonna touch you with a ten foot fucking pole. BLAGOOh now you're the fucking Godfather? Fuck you.EMANUELNo fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you.BLAGOFuck you!EMANUELListen up asshole. The shit's gonna hit the fan, maybe tomorrow, maybe next month, and when Fitz finally brings down the hammer it's gonna be my name that's going through your head. You won't know the hows or the fucking whys, but it's gonna have my fucking fingerprints all over it. Have a great life fatso.BLAGOHey fuck--EMANUEL(click.)