IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
In re: Motion to Disclose Intercepted
Communications to the United States Senate
Select Committee on Ethics.
No. 06 GJ 1160
In re: Motion to Disclose
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ROD BLAGOJEVICH, et al.
No. 08 CR 888
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
JAMES F. HOLDERMAN, Chief Judge:
The United States of America (the "government") on May 21, 2009, filed under seal a
Motion to Disclose Intercepted Communications to the United States Senate Select Committee
on Ethics (the "Senate Ethics Committee"). With the consent of counsel for the government and
respondents United States Senator Roland Burris and Robert Blagojevich, I lifted the seal on the
motion and the proceedings to which the motion relates.
The motion, which was heard today, comes before me as the Chief Judge of the United
States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, pursuant to my authority to hear "[a]ll
requests for authorization for interceptions of wire and oral communications or other
investigatory matters arising under Chapter 119 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code." N.D. Ill. L. Cr. R.
50.2(2). In its motion, the government requests authorization to disclose to the members of the
Senate Ethics Committee a copy of a recorded telephone conversation between Roland Burris
and Robert Blagojevich that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation electronically
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intercepted on November 13, 2008, during the investigation into allegations of corruption against
then-Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich. For the reasons set forth in this Memorandum
Opinion and Order, I grant the government's motion.
For a period of time before federal criminal charges were filed against former Illinois
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and others, the government, as part of its investigation into Rod