CHICAGO — White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was the target of an alleged extortion attempt by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Chicago Tribune has learned.
The federal indictment issued Thursday includes a charge that Blagojevich tried to shake down "Congressman A" for campaign cash.
A White House aide confirmed that it was Emanuel, who was then representing Chicago's North Side. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity.