Emanuel also reminded reporters that Blagojevich can be heard cursing over Obama's refusal to offer him anything other than gratitude in exchange for placing a close Obama aide in the seat. "I'm not in the business of interpretation, but I know what I said, which was, 'You're going to get thanks and appreciation'? And you also know how the governor responded to appreciation."
In this latest filing, Blagojevich directs some harsh accusations against federal prosecutors.
"United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald represented a false narrative in his December 9, 2008 press conference where he alleged that Blagojevich was arrested to stop a political crime spree," it says. "The U.S. Attorney knew, based on recorded conversations up through the very night before Blagojevich's arrest, that Blagojevich was negotiating the 'Madigan deal.' The U.S. Attorney knew or should have known that the representations at the press conference were not true."
In the government's filing, prosecutors say the claim Blagojevich was close to settling the "Madigan deal" was false.
"This suggestion ignores a crucial fact: that the defendant's very last statement about the Senate seat, made during a recorded conversation that occurred on the evening of December 8, 2008, was that he had no intention of naming a senator until January 2009, and that he might well name himself senator," the documents say.