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April 23rd, 2010
10:02 PM ET

What Do You Think about Blagojevich's Rant against Federal Prosecutors?

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is not afraid to speak his mind, especially when talking about prosecutors seeking to get a conviction against him on federal corruption charges.

Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by Pres. Obama.

But the two-term Democrat, who resigned in January 2009, says he's done nothing wrong.

At a news conference this week, he challenged prosecutors to release the more than 500 hours of tapes he says would prove his innocence.

Blagojevich also called them "cowards and liars" who are also trying to attack his wife.
Take a listen.

Question: We want to know what you think about Blagojevich's rant against prosecutors.

You can leave your comments here. Some of them will be read on air this weekend.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    At this moment our country is falling apart and our leaders are playiing hop scotch go figgure .

    April 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. MarkS. Allen

    As a veteran political activist of over 30 years and having participated in a MANY "back-room," and private conversations and meetings political conversations with other elected officials and community leaders when there were discission of politcal office vacancies., I have now learned from this Blagojevich affair not to want to participate in any more of those type meetings if those discussions are going to be decribed as the buying and selling of a position and our lobbying now labled illegal influence peddling!!

    The former Governor remains one of the most popular figures wherever he goes amongs ordinary voters, but a handful of prosecutors and elected officials labaled what all politicicians do in those situations as brutally illegal and forced him from office. People who smiled in his face everyday and accepted the perks he have many of their districts, now behind the scenes collaborate in the former Governors ouster, now probbaly because they do not want to be the next target of the feds.

    But to your basic question, Yes Former Governor Blagojevich has every right to lash out at those who if they use the same tactics against them as they did Blagojevich, we would have no one in government. And then the way the feds had tro arrest him in public as if he was going to allude them, versus what they do in other high profile cases of arranging private turn-ins with their counsel, this man Blagojevich was set up to be nationally embarrassed and no matter how much the public still supports him, the media will come right back to remind us that he is not just the former Illinois Governor, but the "embattled, impeached, and disgraced one."

    April 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  3. jed

    Release the bloody tapes so we can shed some light on this show.

    If this man is innocent then someone needs to be held accountable for the damage it has caused him.

    Only one way to find out – let the courts hear the tapes and when a decision is made release them to the public.

    Jed.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  4. Christopher McCullough

    Innocent or guilty, I believe that the tapes should be revealed, to, at the least, give a former United States government official a fair opportunity to plead his innocence, and to give the government the opportunity to keep any more dirt off their image. The idea of the United States is great, but without fair trial, the great idea of the United States is nothing but an idea, as the country wouldn't be living up to the image that that people have projected in their minds.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  5. kelsang

    he is inocent and belived himself and why federal goverment won't release whole tape and then it make sense and other wise there no point of accusation, only god know and govenor anyway best of luck governor

    April 24, 2010 at 1:34 am |
  6. Carl

    It doesn't matter he is going to jail anyway. All of his "bluster" is deliberate to lay and solicit confusion and sympathy from potential, moronic jurors in his case.

    April 24, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  7. Gail

    This guy needs to shut up and sit down!! Zero credibility!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I think he's wasting his time .

    April 24, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  9. Emma Young

    Unfortunately, when you have a job that requires you to get convictions by any means necessary, lying becomes a part of your job description. The constitution has provisions in it to keep innocent people from being convicted of crimes. Therefore, it is part of a prosecutor's job to find clever ways to circumvent the constitution, to work around the rules of law, and if they get caught, they know for the most part they can depend on pro-prosecution judges, biased jurors, and appellate judges who act as though the constitution is some troublesome thing that tries to get in the way of their doing their job of affirming convictions. Wrongful convictions are no longer a rare occurrence because corruption and deceit have clogged the wheels of justice, and they no longer turn.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  10. Scott Stodden

    Fredricka I live in Illinois and I believe that Rod Blagojevich isn't in this alone, there are more people involved in this than just Rod Blagojevich! Yes it was wrong for Rod Blagojevich to even try to sell the Senate seat once held by President Obama but are we to believe that Rod and only Rod acted alone in this? I believe Senator Roland Burris, Senator Dick Durbin, President Obama and many others including Jesse Jackson Jr should be brought before the court to testify because I guarantee you Fredricka that Rod Blagojevich didn't act alone in these charges brought against him! Also they need to release the tapes to the media so we can all know what's in those tapes, I encourage the people to demand for the release of those tapes, Im sorry but yes the former Governor was wrong for trying to sell the Senate seat but more people besides just him should be held accountable as well! RELEASE THE TAPES ILLINOIS!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 24, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  11. Mike B.

    Good for the Governor. All to many times if someone is accused by the authorities people say he is automatically guilty. Phooey. The constitution says your innocent until proven guilty but people act a different way. There are a lot of cases where the authorities are nothing more than bullies and they do not have to be held accountable with thier pictures all over the news and papers. I hope to God the governor wins.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  12. Alexander Krotov

    The more useful information, the better.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  13. TonyInLargo

    He's insignificant and so is anything he has to say.

    April 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  14. MarkS. Allen

    "Walk a mile in MY shoes," is a relevant quote. No matter what side of the issue you are on, I would hate to see anybody be faced with a crime and does not have a right to call any witness that you think may help your case. People get so caught up in the personalities and politics of an issue that they totally overlook something called "due process."

    April 26, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  15. maze1gerald

    Blagojevich should shut up and take his bitters like a man.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  16. MarkS. Allen

    Matters like these get confusing when one wants to exert their "personal" vews over the actual law, so opinions would be better balanced here if people would do so with regard to the law and not that of personal opinion, but for a lot of people their opinion IS the law.

    April 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm |