Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday declared himself a “political prisoner” in a contentious interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper over the substantial evidence prosecutors used to convict him on a host of public corruption charges.
Blagojevich blamed “a handful of corrupt prosecutors” for his conviction, saying they lied to jurors.
“They’re uncontrolled and they’re the ones Chief Justice Breyer talked about when he said our country is in trouble because of these uncontrolled prosecutors who can do just about anything they want to do and are using their power to go after government officials for what are — what he called routine practices, and that’s what I went to prison for.”
Cooper rolled his eyes several times during the interview and concluded that the jury convicted Blagojevich of lying to the FBI after they heard the evidence.
Cooper concluded Friday’s interview by assessing that Blagojevich had created “a whole new alternate universe of facts, and that may be big in politics today, but it’s still, frankly, just bullshit. We got to leave it there.”
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