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Feds: There is No "Missing" Blagojevich Tape



    Feds: There is No "Missing" Blagojevich Tape
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    Federal prosecutors said Monday that contrary to the contentions of the Rod Blaogjevich defense team, there is no "missing recording" which would exonerate the former governor.

    Blagojevich's attorneys argued last week that a tape of a purported conversation between Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris and then-congressman Rahm Emanuel, would substantiate their claims that Blagojevich intended to appoint attorney general Lisa Madigan to Barack Obama's senate seat, not sell the seat as the government has alleged.

    In a statement filed Monday, prosecutor Reid Schar said such a recording does not exist, and that if the conversation took place, it happened on a phone line which was not tapped.

    "As the defendant well knows, from reviewing the discovery" said Schar, "there is no missing recording."