In his first interview after being found guilty of lying to the FBI, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich called his trial a waste of tax payer money and said he would continue to fight any new charges against him, despite being broke.
“I’m very determined to seek full vindication. I have done absolutely nothing wrong, this is persecution by a prosecutor that for six years has targeted me. He has spent tens of millions of dollars trying to get me,” a fully caffeinated and coiffed Blago told Meredith Vieira on ‘The Today Show.’
Blagojevich said in the event of a retrial he would “absolutely not” accepted a plea deal. He sounded like a politician on the stump as he cast himself as the victim.
“I’m up against the giant Goliath, and I take solace in the biblical story of David. In this case, I don’t have a sling shot but I do have the truth on my side. Without (us) putting on a defense the government failed to convict me of any corruption charges.”
He said his discussions over what to do about the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected president – the basis of the corruption charges – were just typical “political horse-trading.”
“That sort of politics is how our country operates,” he said, alleging that a U.S. congressman recently earned a federal judgeship for his brother by voting for Obama’s health care plan.
Blagojevich claimed he’s innocent of the single charge for which he was convicted. “I will appeal that false statement from five years ago that they trumped up,” he said.
Blagojevich commended his legal team, even after Vieira repeatedly referenced the fact they called him a “dim bulb” in court.
The former ‘Celebrity Apprentice‘ contestant said he’d consider future reality TV opportunities, and he joked that that show’s judgment was better than the government’s.
“That verdict that Donald Trump made in the board room firing me was the right one. This one … was the wrong one.”