On the recording, Blagojevich said he feared that the Tribune was driving momentum for impeachment in Springfield. Greenlee, who previously testified that he often told Blagojevich what he wanted to hear, responded, “I’ve yet to see a fair story from the Tribune on you.”
Asked by Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar whether he really believed that, Greenlee said he did not. “I had seen some fair stories,” Greenlee said.
As the conversation on the tape progressed, Patti Blagojevich got on the line and suggested that Tribune management be told to purge its editorial board. “Just fire them,” she said.
Blagojevich then suggested Tribune Co. management, including Chairman Sam Zell, should be told that the impeachment the paper was calling for could jeopardize financial help for the Cubs.
“We want to help you, but we may not be around,” Blagojevich said the message should be.
“They want me impeached — your own (expletive) paper,” Blagojevich said should be the message communicated to Zell.
He added that Zell should be told that any financing deal “can’t go” unless “you fire those (expletives).”
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