Jackson Jr. to Blagojevich prosecutors: 'Bring it on' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Gov. Blagojevich:
"'I'm not alone at the meeting, it baffled me, you know: 'Jackson sits alone with the Indians,'' he said, referring to media coverage after testimony at Blagojevich's trial.In other Jesse Jackson Jr. news - Restaurant Hostess Giovana Huidobro (more pictures) Was Flown To Keep Jackson Company On Several Occasions
'How about this? Congressman meets with Director of Economic Development and Trade for the State of Illinois ... met with him for 30 minutes in the presence of other people and discussed the third airport. Then another gentleman showed up and started having another conversation practically in Hindu, because I don't speak Hindu ... and I didn't participate in any of that part of the conversation, nor do I even remember hearing it. And I have witnesses present.'"
The FBI interviewed that acquaintance -- a Washington, D.C., restaurant hostess named Giovana Huidobro -- about a year ago as part of its corruption probe of Blagojevich. Authorities were trying to determine whether Jackson had asked Nayak to offer Blagojevich campaign cash in exchange for the then-governor appointing Jackson to the seat once held by President Obama, according to sources with knowledge of the probe.
Huidobro, Jackson and Nayak all dined together on Oct. 8, 2008 -- the same day that Nayak has told authorities he had a key conversation with Jackson about the Senate appointment, sources said. The three then ended up at Ozio, the restaurant and club where Huidobro works and where Jackson has held fund-raisers.
Huidobro told authorities she knew nothing of Jackson's political dealings regarding the Senate seat, according to sources. She also said she flew to Chicago on several occasions at Jackson's request and that Jackson sometimes reimbursed her for her travels.
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