Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How the Arrest Went Down

The Chicago Tribune with the details:

Just minutes before 6 a.m. Tuesday, a pair of black sedans and an SUV raced up Richmond Street toward the personal residence of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Sunnyside Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side.

About the same time, the phone inside Blagojevich's home began to ring. On the other end was Robert Grant, the FBI's special agent in charge in Chicago. Two agents were outside Blagojevich's front door with a warrant for his arrest, he announced to the governor.

"Well, I woke him up," Grant recalled later Tuesday at a news conference to announce charges of fraud and bribery against Blagojevich. "The first thing [Blagojevich said] was, 'Was this a joke?' "

Grant asked the governor to quietly open the door "without the media finding out about it, without waking the children," he said. "He was very cooperative, and that's it."

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