Blagojevich declares himself a 'political prisoner' in heated interview

Rod Blagojevich Declares Himself A 'Political Prisoner' İn Heated İnterview - Cnnpolitics

CNN's @andersoncooper calls out former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich after Blagojevich was pardoned from prison by President Trump

Rod Blagojevich Declares Himself A 'Political Prisoner' İn Heated İnterview - Cnnpolitics

22.2.2020

CNN's andersoncooper calls out former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich after Blagojevich was pardoned from prison by President Trump

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.

Washington (CNN)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's sentence was commuted earlier this week by President Donald Trump after the Democrat and former"Celebrity Apprentice" contestant had served eight years of a 14-year sentence for pay-for-play crimes.Blagojevich on Friday defiantly rebuked critics of his commutation, who have pointed to the considerable charges that landed him in prison. "I don't think they've looked carefully because I am a political prisoner," he said. Cooper challenged Blagojevich's label, noting that Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa who had earlier been imprisoned for 27 years for fighting apartheid, was a political prisoner. 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what I went to prison for."During his tenure as governor, Blagojevich was charged with corruption and impeached by the state Legislature in 2009. His charges included trying to solicit money for an appointment to former President Barack Obama's US Senate seat after he won the presidency. He was also accused of shakedowns involving a children's hospital, a racetrack owner and a building executive.After the first jury in his trial was hung at 11 to 1 for conviction on key corruption counts, prosecutors tried again -- securing convictions on 17 of 20 corruption charges. Friday's interview turned contentious when Blagojevich claimed his conviction was the result of prosecutors who"lied to jury" about his actions. "You're the one who has actually been convicted of lying to the FBI, though, by that very same jury," Cooper noted."The very argument you are making right now ... it was heard in the courtroom and no one bought it."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.""Well, no, it's not bullshit. I lived it myself," Blagojevich shot back."It's not bullshit at all."CNN's Chandelis Duster contributed to this report. Read more: CNN

andersoncooper CNN oughta be ashamed of itself it just keeps churning out crap and doesn't even realize that it's turning out crap andersoncooper Looks like Blago's got the Grecian formula started! What a tool! andersoncooper He still committed the crime. andersoncooper How long has AC violated NY sodomy laws still on books ?

andersoncooper Anderson, keep sucking and stop trying to be a reporter. andersoncooper andersoncooper 👏👏👏 andersoncooper REALLY YOU WOULD KNOW ABOUT BULLSHIT!! andersoncooper I’ve never seen a decapitation broadcast live before... dcathoops andersoncooper Don’t know much or care much about Blagovich but I have never seen a more unprofessional interview. Why have guy on show to just interrupt, not give his case or even a real chance to talk? Pathetic

andersoncooper andersoncooper Truth to Power!

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andersoncooper Anderson, why don't you admit that the network you work for was not honest in their slanted, biased reporting on the President these last 4 years? Your boss Zucker told all of you to go after Trump! That isn't unbiased, honest reporting, but you won't admit that! andersoncooper Never seen Anderson like that. He is correct.

andersoncooper Anderson Cooper is a joke, not a reporter. andersoncooper Wow 😯 andersoncooper andersoncooper Anderson is so awesome andersoncooper No redemption in the eyes of leftists . . . Unless you are a popular celebrity than they get a pass and applause andersoncooper Smug immoral journalist playing a self-righteous man as though he is better than the other man.

andersoncooper this guy lol 'boo who me' 'it didn't matter till it was me' andersoncooper Anderson Cooper is A man of fake. Not journalist. Using people and audiences only for his trash idea and astronomical rewarding money with poor contents. Moreover he is severe stutterer being different from that of english guys.

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andersoncooper Yo realDonaldTrump, your boy just got eviscerated. andersoncooper USSliberty LavonAffair DancingIsraelis uspoli Ashkenazi fakeJews Pedophiles BloodLibel Noahide GenieEnergy dkcyberwar6 andersoncooper I sit all the way in africa and thanks to Trump exposing I will never believe a word this media house is saying FakeNews EliteDangerous

andersoncooper Cooper “🐂💩” andersoncooper Anderson’s hair has been in prison for over 8 years. andersoncooper Why is CNN dredging up the past? I guess Cooper forgot to make up some news. andersoncooper Way to go Anderson. This is how reporters should stand up to all politicians. andersoncooper He's journalist or judge?

andersoncooper Watched Anderson without volume. Wah Wah Wah👄 andersoncooper Love Anderson !!!!

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andersoncooper Anderson Pooper really has some nerve calling anyone a HYPOCRITE WHEN HE HAS BEEN BLATANTLY LYING AND SPEWING NAZI PROPAGANDA ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS SUPPORTERS FOR 3 YEARS NOW!! andersoncooper Cooper should run for office and then when he and his associates are under the microscope lets see how clean or dirty they all have been.

andersoncooper This interview was a masterpiece. Great Job AC360 . andersoncooper 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢 poor Anderson...does that make you mad? andersoncooper Love him!!He never holds back andersoncooper Miss Cooper = full of shit andersoncooper *Chicago this 'AC smackdown' is for you and will go down in television history* BlagoNextTimeJustStayAtHome 🎣🐡🦈 When I go to the polls to vote for POTUS, guess whose fucking name I'm writing in — yep, andersoncooper 🙌🏾. 🤭😭🤧

andersoncooper He looks like hell. Prison wasn't very kind to him. andersoncooper Is andersoncooper mad!? 😂😂😂😂.Blagojevich..a trumpocrat. Ain't that special? More like a trummy. (Trump dummy).🤣🤣🤣. andersoncooper That was awesome. At least someone has the courage to put this lowlife Rod in his place.

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andersoncooper This is why I absolutely love Anderson Cooper. andersoncooper That's acting like a Journalist?😮 Anderson 😏 andersoncooper Like Cooper kneeling in the water!! To me they are both the SAME!!!! andersoncooper thank you Anderson for the well deserved spanking of Blogojevich , but never have him on air again , he has zero remorse , he is placating you , finagling to get back in the public eye .

andersoncooper Man knowing this is how cnn is actually allowed to talk to people and guests on its shows and the 💩💩it lets through it’s station is F-ING mind blowing. MIND F-ING BLOWING. andersoncooper Anderson says B.S like Trump. They all Trump wanabe andersoncooper Imagine if andersoncooper had this much passion about Benghazi or HillaryClinton smashing devices under congressional subpoena

andersoncooper There are perfectly valid and appropriate reasons to be angry with Blagojevich, but I'd wager the vast majority of the 'Go Anderson!' tweets are by people who have no clue what he did or didn't do. It's just the spectacle of the takedown. Too much anger is eating our country. andersoncooper Blagojevich is going back to prison. Hes like Simpson and other criminals. They have no remorse and habitual criminals

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Roger Stone, Former Donald Trump Adviser, Sentenced To Three Years, Four Months In PrisonRoger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Thursday, a punishment that quickly led to speculation that President Donald Trump would give a pardon to his former adviser after publicly weigh… GOOD. FUQ THAT GUY He will be pardoned soon I’m sure. lol I legit thought this was some comic book villain character in a new movie being made before reading the tweet 😂😂😎



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