Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel responds to a question during a campaign stop with leaders of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) By Charles Rex Arbogast
CHICAGO (AP) -- Prosecutors say they won't respond publicly to claims by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that there's missing evidence that could benefit his defense.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office, Kim Nerheim, says the government won't comment.
Blagojevich's defense made the claim in a 34-page pretrial motion filed early Tuesday.
It alleges records of one phone call between a Blagojevich aide and then-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel isn't accounted for. The conversation allegedly took place a day before Blagojevich's 2008 arrest.
The motion says details of that conversation could bolster a defense contention that Emanuel was willing to help with a deal in which Blagojevich would have named Illinois' attorney general to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Emanuel has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
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