Mr. Monk Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Testify Against Blagojevich

As former Governor Rod Blagojevich continues to work on tying the knot with Donald Trump, one of his closest friends and advisors pleaded guilty today and agreed to testify for the prosecution when Blago’s case comes to trial.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Another domino has fallen in the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagoejvich.

Alonzo "Lon" Monk, one of the governor’s closest friends and advisers, pleaded guilty today and agreed to aid prosecutors in their attempt to convict the former governor. In exchange, he faces a recommended sentence of 2 years in prison.

If his plea agreement is any indication, Monk — a former chief of staff to the governor and his two-time campaign manager — could be a valuable witness.

His 31-page plea agreement provides the most damning detail yet about meetings between Blagojevich and his three closest confidants — Monk, Antoin "Tony" Rezko and the late Christopher Kelly.

The indictment against Blagojevich last spring alleged that, even before Blagojevich was first elected governor in 2002, the four had discussed ways to profit from public corruption.

Monk’s plea agreement states that Rezko typically led the discussions, and most of the ideas were intended to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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