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January 31, 2009

Saturday: Rod Blagojevich!

Posted: 03:17 PM ET

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tonight! blagojevich4 He says the fix was in.  Rod Blagojevich pleads his case on Larry King Live!  Tonight, 9pm ET.

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Joe G. (From Illinois)   January 31st, 2009 5:24 pm ET

There is this saying that says this and that other saying that says that.. But for one to champion ideology on a level plain field is just too hard for anyone to believe.. It’s like too crazy.. And much less for one to base his own defense.. For example… People would much rather go on believing that the self proclaimed historical one of a kind genius bipartisan of Obama who during the primaries claimed to be the type of person who would reach across the aisle, learn about others differences and work things through.. That he never dealt or bothered to get to know his on Governor, who just so happens to be also a Democrat from all things!! America’s morals are based on the better good. And that “Good” is much more appreciated when kept secret and free to swing each or whatever way.. Like with that other guy (Bernie Madoff). None of the Aristocrats and Nobleman ever had a problem.. “Didn’t suspect a thing!” But when the scheme got exposed and the money stopped coming in.. Oh… No.. Can’t have that.. It’s not right? IF “YOU” ARE ALLERGIC TO DISHONESTY THEN HOW CAN YOU EVER BE SO IMPERVIOUS TO IT WHILE YOU DINE, WINE, SING AND DANCE TO IT? Hypocrisy?! Playing dumb?!


Apple   January 31st, 2009 6:56 pm ET

Jack, the RNC/GOP is using Steele because the party is so white that they need to use someone they HOPE can attack Obama without much repercussion. They are using him like they used Palin after Hillary dropped out and was not chosen for VP by Obama. Shame, ShAaaame shame on them!

Bush was genuine in choosing Powell and Rice but now the RNC has now been left with no scruples. Shame


Apple   January 31st, 2009 7:03 pm ET

Larry, He must have done something dodgy to have lost his job.

Other thing, these educated fools dressed up in jacket and ties are so potty mouthed and corrupt. They set absolutely NO example for anyone that they serve.

They swear, steal, rip off and behave awefully worst than the little guys in the ghetto with their jeans falling off of their bums. The most distasteful bit is that often the barbie looking women who only act lady when their face is painted like a clown and Gucci supplies a gown, smokes, act more aweful and are more foul mouthed than they are. HelLOoooo! Where are the ladies of today??

About time that these suited blokes pretneding to be gentlemen get it together Larry!


Apple   January 31st, 2009 7:06 pm ET

This Steele guy is black and so am I. Now that the RNC has chosen a black man, I now realise deep down that I did not support Obama just becaus eof his colour. It was the whole man as a person based on his principles, home life, charisma etc. Steele, do not be fooled and go up against Bam. He is well loved and you could end up being tainted for going at bam. Do not let the RNC use you as a scape goat to test the waters. Be smart. Work with Obama and not against him. We are watching you.


Apple   January 31st, 2009 7:16 pm ET

Larry, blacks were not supporting Obama at first NOT because he is black and we felt that he could not win.

It was the mere fact that we loved the Clintons a whole lot and wanted Hill in the WH mingled with the thought that Bam would end up like Jesse, not winning in the end and we worried about his safety.

Many like myself have not gotten over the death of MLK. many of us cried with each step that Bam makes because we wish that MLK was here to see his sweat and toil.

Way before many of us knew anything about Obama, we knew the Clintons, love and support them.

When Bam started to talk like a potential pres and won Ohio, many started to feel like we needed to give "one of us" a chance. Other blacks ran for pres before Bam and won many states so you guys got it wrong.

The love for Hill did not die. It was a hard choice but we did what we felt necessary and happy that Hill is a big team player.

The MEDIA need to STOP saying that blacks did not support Obama because ...blah blah nonsense. Stop it. Get facts!


Apple   January 31st, 2009 7:19 pm ET

NOT WON OHIO. I MEANT IOWA! The media need to stop insulting us blacks!

many whites voted for Bam because they were running from the RNC just as many blacks voted for him because he is black! About time we all races come together but its about time that blacks reunite!


hugh ~ california   January 31st, 2009 8:51 pm ET

Yeh right, a fix is it? That's got to be the reason why not one single person voted to keep him in office. Who does this greedy delusional egomaniac think he's talking to, the dumbest of the dumbest dumb-bells? You did it all to yourself Mr. Blagojevich. There is no one else to blame but you and you alone. Excuse me Rod, you're finished, it's over, get a clue–you're through! Now that's "poetic justice."


Justin   January 31st, 2009 9:05 pm ET

No one in the media is talking about the real reason that Blago was impeached and tried so quickly: the 2016 Olympics. In October of this year, the IOC will choose the 2016 site and Chicago is a leading finalist. The worry was that an extended circus and trial of the sitting governor would tip the balance away from Chicago, so it was necessary to remove him quickly.


edward   January 31st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich has breached the line of trust of the Illinois State
and the american people, He thought he could just get away with
it with the media glitz but he failed.He can be compared to Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines who even in his deathbed denies anywrong doing to the Filipino people shame on you Blago..


cathy kurz   January 31st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Larry, I don't believe anything Gov. Blagojevich did was entirely wrong, other than dirty politics. In fact , his choice for U.S. Senator, Roland Burris was ultimately seated in the U.S. Senate. I;ve never heard any clear and convincing ecidence he was guilty of any crime. I do believe Prosecutor Fitzgerald was a little premature with his allegations against the govenor. And I think Fitzgerald went public to prevent Blagojevich from selecting a senator , was Fitzgerald also playing politics??


hugh ~ california   January 31st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

The Olympics? Think again, the governor would have been long gone way before those October leaves started to turn colors and fall into the Chicago snow.

Go Cubbies!


sOsDidit   January 31st, 2009 9:24 pm ET

i wanna hear the tapes


Jon   January 31st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Although a minority, I don't think that the media has been fair to Blagojevich, but I can't stand watching him talk in circumlocation. But then again, what's politics without circumlocation?


barb   January 31st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Not saying that Blagojevich is guilty, but in this country, you are supposed to be innocent till proven guilty in a court of law. Someone or ones wanted him out, he knows too much, and was afraid he might spill the beans, let the American people hear all at his trial and let him name names and call witnesses.


Terry Deppe   January 31st, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I heard that the Ex-Governor, after addressing the senate in springfield, FLEW back to Chicago. Sounds like he is as arrogant as the Big Three auto maker CEO'S. No matter if he is guilty or innocent of any or all the charges against him, he has shown himself as a man who believes he is above the law.


AtlantaKid   January 31st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I believe no body can prove Rod Blagovich sold the seat yet because he hadn't yet. Why torture this guy because he talked big ? I hope he doesn't serve jail, he didn't do anything criminal like he is saying. I feel sorry for this guy 's family. If he just shut up and did whatever, it would have been hard to find out any ways. This person is a governor, may be he was just a big talker. I wonder how many got away with out talking about it.


Mary Eason   January 31st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I don't think Blagojevich is anymore guilty than Obama, Rahma Manuel Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers.


c. williams   January 31st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Shame on everyone involved in his impeachment. What happen to innocent until proven guilty. They should have held impreachment
proceedings after his federal trial instead of listening to sound bites
that do not give the whole story. Many of those politician themselves would be up for impeachment hearing, had their phones been tapped like his. Many of them know they are dirty, especially the old politicians. Many of them got their seats from dealing schemes, and they know it. Now they suddenly talking righteous, if he go down many
of them should be exposed and go down with him..Frankly, I don't think any of them can cast the 1st stone. I do believe it was fixed because, some were afraid to vote in his favor for fear of retailation.


Al - Chicago / Toronto   January 31st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

After this first interview, then watching the CSPAN drama live, and re-watching this episode/interview again, it is clear that the ex-governor was appropriately impeached.

Blagojevich (could be spelled BlahBlahBlahgojevich), is not an appropriate leader. Clearly, he is more driven by influence, blinded by irresponsible use of power, and trying to reframe his position to take others (possibly innocent people who help him down), and his responses are always focused on diverting his responsibility and accountability, and demonstrates a habit of hurting those who help him for political and personal gain.

The issue now is how will the FBI and courts evidence his guilt. And, if guilty, how much time he will get in prison. It is a good thing that the FBI acted as they have.

May God bless their children and all the Illinois people he hurt during his governorship.


Sean Wefers   January 31st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I believe that Blagojevich is innocent of any criminal wrong doing. And even if he isnt the system for impeachment needs to be changed.


Rick   January 31st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Blagojevich has done nouthing wrong this is a BAD mistake. He was the best thing to ever happen to our state.


m c johnson   January 31st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I think the media gave Mr. Blagjevich WAY too much air
time for him to talk.
IL. senate was absolutely just 59-0
absolutely JUST.
HE'S OUT OF THERE!!!!
AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOW TO BE IN ANY POLITIC
OFFICE, PERIOD AGAIN.


joe colao   January 31st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am not sure whether I agree with him or not – what I am sure about is that I frightens me to think that law enforcement can make a case in the media and remove an elected official. That really bothers me.


Amanda Davis   January 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It seem like Gov. Blagojevich is making a lot of excuses for his actions, but not answering the questions that Larry is asking. It is very frustrating, and in my eyes, proves that he is guilty. There are just too many excuses.


Stu Wozniak   January 31st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

After a unanimous decision to impeach Blagojvich and after listening to the interview, it seems that he is just too slick and doesn't belong in politics. If tougher legislation is put in place for banks, he would make a good banker. Let's hope he has no appeal because he has potential to be a veritable waist of American tax dollars in the courts.


T W JOHNSON   January 31st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

He deserves what he gets for deceiving the people.
His kind of leadership is not fair and should be kept out
of politics. What a disgrace.


Martin   January 31st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Any governor with a senate seat to fill is going to trade it for some kind of political favor. That's what politics is all about. Did Rod Blagovich do anything illegal? I doubt it. Are all politicians are criminals?


Don Necochea   January 31st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am so sorry. This guy sounds like all those other rip off artists on Wall St. He can't even answer Larry's questions on why his lead attorney left. ?? He has unconvincing asnwers for just about every question. This is the type of American that has run our country into the ground because of his greed and he just thinks all of us are a bunch of idiots that can't listen to the tapes and figure out what this moron is indicating.

Give me a break. This guy is very dangerous to any company he works with, and i cannot believe he was at his position for as long as he was. Again, something is wrong with the system when a guy like this makes it this far.


Pam Jones   January 31st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Larry, Watching your show with impeached Gov. Rob Blagojevich, This man is making some very sound and valid complaints concerning the judicial system of his state and our country. By denying him the right to defend himself before his State Legislators on the allegations against him in regards to his impeachment proceeding is an outright violation of ALL of our rights as U.S. citizens.
Whether he is guilty or not should be established first, before actions of impeachment take place. What is this country coming too when you are now guilty until proven innocent, and not allowed the right to prove or try to prove your innocence.


Lori   January 31st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

After listening to Blogojevich on Larry King, I think he needs to be able to be able to enter his evidence. You do not here too much about his wife and children which is a good thing! It must be tough for a family.
He has done a good job keeping them out of it all! The guy can't be all that bad!

Lori


Art   January 31st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

This is much ado about nothing. What it amounts to is somebody "trash talking" on the phone something done by thousands everyday.


C>P Harris   January 31st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

He is not guilty.anyone that sets and confess that cant be.


sean   January 31st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

hey from out here in california larry.
i think this gov. is a great guy and wish more people were like him.
i hope he gets a fare trial and let it all be heard.
good luck gov.


J.R.K   January 31st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

First of all Larry, I want to say how good you are at conducting your interviews, so diplomatic and fair, as you must be I'm sure, but most of us can see how wrong Ex Sen Blago is, body language is still a fair medium, this is why he cannot fool anyone. Did anybody dig into his political past to see what broke the camel's back,,,,,, obviously this was the last straw as they all seem to know his track record,,, lets adress what led top this, I'm sure theres a goldmine here............


Stu Wozniak   January 31st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Spelling corrections: Blagojevich and waste


Anna Kari   January 31st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think most of the media is being unfair. All the lawmakers in IL act like they were so horrified by his actions, but I'm sure that half of them are also caught up in the same dirty politics. Even Quinn sat there and acted like he was so disgusted, but yet he ran on the same ticket as Blago. If Blago is such a bad guy, why did he run on the same ticket? I think they are all a bunch of hypocrites.

I really dont know if the governor was talking a bunch of bull on the phone or if he was for real. It's hard to say. I'm sure if someone recorded all my telephone conversations, they could find snippets of mean or horrible things I say. It doesnt mean I am a criminal.


Lenore in Kansas   January 31st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I think Blagojevich has been given a raw deal and that he has made a good case for himself. Some of the stuff in the articles of impeachment were obviously politically and partisan-motivated. He answered several of Larry's questions well, and he at least ought to be given some kind of a fair trial instead of a witch hunt.


Katherine Gumps   January 31st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The one thing I don't understand...how can someone be impeached without evidence of guilt? He was impeached on hersay...and I agree that he wasn't given a fair trial. However, I have no comment on whether I agree or disagree with his impeachment. I only fear for the future of justice in this country if someone can be punished for being guilty without any hard evidence to prove that he/she is. Couldn't he sue for defamation of character if evidence is provided to show that he was never guilty in the first place?


Gloria Ordonez   January 31st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I think that the governor has been treated unfair. Where are his friends? No one seems to be backing him up.

G. Ordonez


faye   January 31st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I feel for you! I myself just been through a job loss that I put 100% of my heart in. It became a witch hunt on a smaller scale. I think you should be given a chance at least to prove yourself.
good luck!! from NC


jeff   January 31st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Going to miss Blago...talk about some memorable press conferences and tv interviews...now which public figure is going to step up and do something incredibly stupid to fill the void?


rod traverse   January 31st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Dear larryking,
I am canadian native living on one of canadas indian reservations , I would like to appear on your show to let your viewers see and hear how our governments are treating all native canadians, with respect to land claims and mineral rights and resources that are removed from our lands and sold to other countries, such as The USA . without any monetary sharing to our people.
We as native struggle to live in our homelands because the government fails to recognize our rights as first peoples of this land we call canada.

sincerely,

Rod Traverse


dale   January 31st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

The media is ruining this country. Stop trying to prosecute everybody on TV. American people should speak out about all the journalists that are trying to be judge and jury. Three cheers for the Governor of IL!
Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Wake up America!


Liam Gloster   January 31st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich has brought progress to the State of Illinois. Suburban families and urban dwellers alike have been brought together and have thrived under the Governor. The idea that a group of old State Senators can impeach him on unfounded claims is frightening. And look at the fruit of their labor... Pat Quinn, not a progressive, no one new, with nothing to contribute. It's a relief elections will be in a short two years.


Patricia Ketcham   January 31st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

What do I think about Gov. Blag....? I think the other Illinois leaders are using him, and breathing a sigh of relief...."There but for the grace of God, go I." He's the top of the iceberg. Obama came from this politicl machine; Obama was politically raised in corruption and now has a crooked Sec. of Treas. He's a product of Illinois politics. I/m scared.


leonard lubin   January 31st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

It seems to me that if it is true that the Illinois Governor was impeached and removed from office without benefit of a trial and his right to defend himslf to show that he did nothing which justifies impeachment and removal from office, then a terrible wrong was committed, an unAmerican and perhaps illegal thing.


Tarell Lee from CA   January 31st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I don't know know....what if Blago is really Innocent? The more I hear him talk to media, the more I feel bad for him & see that he may actually be sincere & perhaps telling the truth, at least half the truth. I think the media has been a little Unfair to him. I'm not saying he's not Innocent, but I'm not saying he's completely guilty either. But I do think now...that he should have the RIGHT to have his witness (s) & prove his innocence that he keeps saying. Then again, maybe he's just a Good actor. But I really am starting to see some sincerity about him, that he would NOT be wasting all this time talking to media & showing his feelings & emotions if he really did think he was somewhat innocent in some ways. Who knows. Worse happens, he'd still be guilty & out of office. But shouldn't we at least give him the benefit of the doubt??? This is Amercia afterall.


Alfred S. Thornton   January 31st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I find it hard to believe that he is not guilty, because he will not say it. He slips around the question, but I feel he is right in the way it was handled. It makes Justice look very lame. We are getting to the point where we are starting to look like we belong in the Ox Bow Incident. We must convict in a court of law, then persecute.


Felicia   January 31st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

We live in America. He deserves a fair and balance trial. I have never seen anyone in politics fight so hard for there innocents. Why would he do this if he had something to hide. So, they shoul;d prove it. If they don't let us hear EVERYTHING, then THEY have something to hide not Blagojevich. Oh is there something on those tapes they don't want us to hear. Like conversations between some that they may be protecting???? Makes me wonder. But, he is an AMerican and we have a justice system and lets rally to make it fair and balanced wether he is RIGHT or WRONG.
Why aren't you asking Why they will not let us hear it??? You have had Blagojevich on now get the other ansewrs. Don't be afraid to open that can of worms. I am sick of this once sided crap we call reporting.
Go for it Larry King. We want it ALLLLLLLL !!!!!


Katherine Gumps   January 31st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Just a thought...if he is telling the truth about getting all seniors free bus passes by going "around" legislation and if he's telling the truth about all of the other GOOD things he's done that he had to go around legislation for...is it possible that the people who put that legislation are just pissed that they got outsmarted and that's why all this is being done? ...just a thought.


Reta   January 31st, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I highly agree with Pam Jones – "What is this country coming too when you are now guilty until proven innocent, and not allowed the right to prove or try to prove your innocence."

Also, there are far worse crimes being committed within the U.S Government – the only difference is – we turn a blind eye until the media brings attention to the issue.

I personally think – somewhere along the line ....he got on some political figures bad side – and this is the outcome.
U.S law inforcement can do anything they want because no one questions them.


johnny   January 31st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Hello!
I think the gov has been treated very unfairly. He should be given the right to defend himself and bring witnesses. To my understanding he has been set up for provoking the legislators with groundbreaking reform. This has probably made them search intensly for something to "pin him on". They then found their oportunity to do this by taking snippets of conversations out of context.

He might have been out of line in trying to pressure parties, through the senate oppointment. But in my oppinion there are thin lines as to what is appripriate pressure and inapropriate pressure, in the business of politics.

Bottom line is he was elected by the people twice, and it is extremely inaprpriate to kick him out of office, without a fair, open and transparent trial.


Pursuit of Justice   January 31st, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich is obviously innocent.
Obama and his staff wanted to put Jackson Jr. in the senate, and they felt that since Obama is close to invincible, Jackson would get the spot without quid pro quo.
Blagojevich wanted to push some initiative for the state, or some law to be passed. That is why the tapes say that Blagojevich wants something, but it never mentions a dollar amount.
Obama and his staff then proceeded to make his life miserable, which is the reason there was a wiretap involved.
The only guilty one is Obama, for abusing his power. This may be the first scandal in the Obama administration, but it certainly won't be the last. Although I originally supported Obama, I have realized that behind the painting of the Messianic Obama, lies a power-hungry politician.
Obama cannot argue for justice while committing grave injustices against those who oppose him.


Reta   January 31st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Agreed Johnny! Well put.


Maria   January 31st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

The way Blagojevich has been treated is not only disgraceful but a manifestation of a system that is corrupt. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

The pinacle of this bully terrorism of ousting a Governor is the fact that the American people fall for ANYTHING the media tells them. We are still in an illegal war made up of lies: lies from Congress, lies perpetuated by the media indoctrination machine and we are still SO STUPID that we can't even see that Blagojevich should have had a chance to go to court.

WAKE UP AMERICA! Not only has the U.S. continually taken away our fundamental rights, but the fact that we fall for such terror schemes makes us perpetuators of the same crime.

I don't know anything about Blagojevich, maybe he is guilty, but damn it, give him his constitutional rights to defend himself!

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance . . . it is the illusion of knowledge" Stephen Hawking

The media does' one' serious' head trip on us: they tell us how to think and so we carry along its' message without realizing that it can be completely bogus!


Rod Doss   January 31st, 2009 10:19 pm ET

All the information I have came from TV news. Where's the evidence on Blagojevich? All I hear is accusations. What did they base their accusations on. If there is evidence what is it – not what someone says it says. That's hearsay.


Loretta   January 31st, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich would make a fantastic talk show host because he sure has "the gift of gab." He is a charming rogue. The more I see and hear him, the more I like him. Hopefully Barack Obama will pardon him


bill wilber   January 31st, 2009 10:29 pm ET

altho Blugoyvich (sp) has two strikes against him, 1) he is a lawyer. & 2) he is a politition. i beleive that he is not guilty of the charges brought against him & will not be found guilty of any wrong doing. I.E. he is being railroaded.


Pam   January 31st, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I am saddened by the removal of Gov. Blagejevich. Yes maybe he had a lapse in good judgement having those conversations. But we, I cannot forget its because of him that my children have health insurance. Before the 'All Kids' insurance plan, my children did not have insurance. Oh yes my employer at the time, did provide insurance, but at a cost that my little more than minium wage job could afford. Our state officals did not want to wait until the squeaky wheels of justice turned to either prove Gov. Blagejevich guilty or innocent. They wanted him out by any means necessary. They'd say, "The people of Illinois have spoken and want Blagejevich out." I don't remember anyone asking me and I am a 'people' of Illinois.


g h milstead   January 31st, 2009 10:42 pm ET

the disgrace is that he was removed from office without a trial.
the lawyers and judges seem to take the law into their own hands.

i bellieve that most all politions are guilty of the same thing that the governor is accused of.


VernardM   January 31st, 2009 10:47 pm ET

"Hero? Now I like that", of course he does. He is too full of himself and he is the kind of person who just thinks he is above the law. Whatever that makes him a hero to people... whether he appointed an african-american or built nice things that people love in Illinois, as a governor you have to be responsible in making any type of speech while in office, especially when you think no one can hear you. It will be wrong to judge this man that it is wrong to say profanity. I cuss as well, so that would be a hypocrisy. The cussing was a minor offense, but selling a senate seat to the highest bidder? Unforgivable.

And then, he thought appointing Burris would mean forgiveness and lightening of the charge against him. I also feel sorry for the appointed senator. Burris looks like a nice old man, but he is not fit as a politician as well. He is a constant "loser" in political campaigns, and at the moment he is given a chance to get into a position, he takes it... and it didn't even matter from who it came from, not even it was from a scandal-stenched Illinois Governor. An honorable public servant would have said, "Thank you, tempting, but no thank you. The controversy over this position have so much stench in your hands, that I cannot take it. I want to serve the people as a senator, but I will be a senator by fair act, a special election should be held." If Burris was a better man, he would have said that.


Luis Diaz   January 31st, 2009 11:03 pm ET

The impeachment of Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich should never have been allowed. It is a complete sham and unAmerican conducted by a kangaroo court, insofar as those who have impeached him, have done so for political reason - i.e., for positions and actions Governor Blagojevich has taken which they vehemently disagree with or oppose. It's a sorry state for the United States when political figures act as self-righteous prosecutor, judge and executioner without a due process hearing where the accused is considered guilty as charged without thoroughly examining all the evidence or allowing him to defend himself or disprove the allegations against him.


Erna Boldt   January 31st, 2009 11:13 pm ET

As many Americans, I did not pay much attention to, what the Governor' did, or did not do. I BELIEVE, EVERY WORD HE SAYS NOW.

When the "THEY" refused to allow the full tapes to be made public, or allow witnesses, I recognized the cover-up.

It rem,inds me of my 8 year long fight with law enforcement or the tyranny of the judiciary., If the wan to "make you go away" they will find grounds that are not so legal.

My property was taken under Coloor of Law, and givenm to a perpetraot of Elder abuse and Finnancial Exploitation, of which Oregon has laws. First there was no funding to go after the perpetrator, then they called it a civil matter, even when a trust I did njot createm was enforced, and I am refused access to my own inheritance during my lifetime. A;; statutes, from contract law to Trust Laws or probate Procedures, I LOST. I was deprived of my Inheritace under Color of Law, but Probate has no valid trust in file.

So, I am not surprised, that Gov. Blagojevich is being railroaded and
"someone" has an interest, to see him out of office on trumped up charges, in my case, the court did not enter my eidence of breach of fiduciary into the records, and all my complaints to have the documents (which were introduced at trial and transcribed) entered on appeal, but were rejected over the last 8 years, and I did not find an attorney who dared take on the system in Oregon.

Erna Boldt
Sandy, Oregonj


Erna Boldt   January 31st, 2009 11:28 pm ET

By the way, I am an 82 year old single woman, recovering from a stroke, so I know what I am talking about, when it comes to "Justice" regardless what the Constituion says, those who judge, make up their own – as the go along.

The Governor is doing the right thing, having decided to go public.

In my case, a local news agency is producing an hour long program for a Public Network, citing the vulnerable in our society with no
Rights...


debbi joy   January 31st, 2009 11:30 pm ET

I live in IL, the part south of I-80, yes even south of Springfield. Ex-gov. Blagojevich has not been on anyone's good list down here for quite awhile. We pay to fly him back and forth from the capital to Chicago and it has nothing to do with protecting his children-he and his wife didn't want to live down here. Yes, some seemingly positive things have happened–insurance for kids, Preschool for all, sr. citizens get free transportation but where did that money come from????? That is why our state is in financial crisis. His impeachment is not solely because of trying to sell the senate seat-there's a lot more to it. He has been vindictive, you play his way or else-he tried to shut down a major business in my area because our state senator disagreed with him. Running are finances down the tubes and putting innocent people out of work is not helping the people of Illinois! Quit acting like the bully on the playground who when things flip-flop whines and cries, grow up Rod and own up to your mistakes. If he wouldnot have used foul language had he known we were listening-what else did he do when we weren't watching??????


Janet from Chicago   January 31st, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Rod Blagojevich has claimed over and over again, and in some mighty strange soundbites, that he was innocent, that the fix was in, that he couldn't call witnesses, blah blah blah. Untrue. He lied. He's good at that! Rod chose not to defend himself in the Illinois House and in the Illinois Senate. He thumbed his nose at the whole fair process.

Let's go back a bit. The Illinois House convened an Impeachment Committee - it's first-ever impeachment probe - on December 15, 2008. "Noted criminal attorney Ed Genson asked the 21-member committee not to take a negative view of the Democratic governor for exercising his constitutional right against self-incrimination by refusing to appear before the panel." Does that scream innocent to you? At least his lawyers were present at this time and had the opportunity to question the witnesses and the evidence put forth by the committee, which they did.

The committee ultimately recommended that the Governor be impeached. The entire Illinois House then voted not once, but twice, to impeach the Governor. The first vote on January 9, 2009, was 114-1-1 (one voted "present" and one voted "no"). The second vote on January 14 (which included newly sworn-in House members) was 117-1. The only "no" vote this time was cast by Blagojevich's sister-in-law, freshman representative Deborah Mell. Seriously.

On January 16, Blagojevich's legal team said it would boycott the impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate which they compared to a lynching. Yes, they went there.

On January 23, Blagojevich launched his media blitz and his lawyer, Ed Genson, quit because his 'client refused to listen to him.' FYI, Blagojevich hired the same PR firm that Drew Peterson uses. Yikes.

On January 26, the impeachment trial got underway led by Illinois' Chief Justice. The rules for this trial were more than fair as they were based upon the Clinton impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate wherein Clinton was acquitted.

The impeachment trial was televised live and many people (including me) were glued to their sets to hear the evidence and the witnesses presented by House Prosecutor David Ellis. He did an excellent job! Because of the "boycott," no defense was offered by Blagojevich or his remaining lawyers.

Meanwhile, Blagojevich was busy in New York talking to any talk show host who would listen to him scream about being innocent and the "unfair" process. He sure does like to talk. Above that, he LOVES the media spotlight. Can you say narcissist?

On January 29, Blagojevich made a surprise appearance at the impeachment trial. He was not sworn in. He offered no defense to any of the evidence previously presented at the impeachment trial. He could not be cross-examined. He offered no witnesses to speak in his defense. Please note that there were plenty of people he could have called who would not have posed a conflict of interest with the upcoming criminal trial.

Blagojevich was allotted 90 minutes to speak and he used only half that time. When he was finished with his speech (I certainly wouldn't call it a closing argument), he left the Senate floor in a big hurry. Do you know why? Because he had to hop on the state's private plane to take him back to Chicago - something he did VERY often at the taxpayers' expense since he refused to live in Springfield in the governor's mansion. (Please note that it had been reported that he would have to find his own way back to Chicago if he were to be removed from office.)

There was without a doubt a pattern of abuse of power by Blagojevich, and that in a nutshell is why he was impeached. An impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case, but the prosecutor did an excellent job of outlining the facts which supported this conclusion.

All 59 Illinois Senators voted to convict and Blagojevich was removed from office immediately. The 59 Senators also voted unanimously to bar Blagojevich from ever holding another elected office in Illinois. (It should be noted that the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate both have Democratic majorities and Blagojevich is also a Democrat.)

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is fabulous. He has already done so much to root out the criminals in this state, including public officials, on a non-partisan basis. He really is terrific, in my opinion. Much was made of the 'Senate seat sale' but there is far more to this case than that alone. 'Federal agents continue to investigate Blagojevich's administration for acts of wrongdoing involving hiring, contracting, board appointments, and fundraising.'

I believe that Blagojevich will have his day in court - criminal court. He won't have the luxury of boycotting that trial and going on another media blitz. We will all have to wait and see what his defense will be then, if there is one.

In the meantime, don't be fooled by Blagojevich's lies and half-truths and poem recitations and proclamations of innocence. In fact, I think he doth protest too much, don't you?


Jay   January 31st, 2009 11:38 pm ET

He has been railroad by the politicians. Why are his Judas-like political friends silent? Because they know they are have gotten involved in an old fashion lynching, they are all caught up in hysteria and have lost all reason. I hope he gets a fair trial and is found innocent. Most of the media have been very unfair to him, as journalist they are not suppose to be basis, but they are taking a few snippets of a private conversation and making him seem guilty. The media has successfully fed the public enough garbage to sway them against him. He talked trash in private conversations, the same way his counterparts does, and many others do, this does not make him dirty or a criminal. This a travesty of justice that will leave a sour note in the american justice system-how horrible the world is witnessing this outrageous performance. The man has a family, why is he being publicly lynched with no regard to his family feelings.


Charlie Coleman   January 31st, 2009 11:39 pm ET

Now that Blagojevich has been impeached he should stand trial, with all evidence, either in favor or against him being heard by a jury.

If he is found innocent, he should be acquitted and with a sincere apology restored to his governorship, and receive restitution for his expenses and humiliation.

If he is found guilty, he should receive and serve the same sentence that any John Doe citizen would.


James Ash-Camden, Arkansas   January 31st, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Mr. King, The question of Govenor Bologojevitch's innocence is important to him and his family--–but the more important aspects of this situation are these:--–1.He should be innocent until proven guilty. 2.He should be allowed proper time and place to present his side of the case. 3.The other side should have to prove him guilty of a crime. 4.A govenor shoud not be handcuffed and arrested in front of his family.5.Thay should not have "RAILROADED" this impeachment process thru so fast. 6.THIS WHOLE THING IS VERY SCAREY. IS THIS STILL AMERICA? WHICH ONE OF YOU WILL BE NEXT????(Mr. King, you do a fantastic job, please keep it up.)


peter jeffries   January 31st, 2009 11:44 pm ET

In my opinion Larry King Live in recent years has degenerated into a tabloid magazine style show . Larry King seems content to simply interview paranoid/neurotic movie stars,celebrity lawyers and families of victims of crime. These magazine stories (inbetween 5 minute commercial breaks) are 3 rd rate drivvle in comparison to the BBC Hardtalk program even the Australian program FourCorners is of much higher journalistic quality. PS keep the coverage of the American football final in the USA where it belongs.Nobody in the developed world is interested in that slow motion garbage with bikie helmets. 'God created America as a place to keep all the Americans'.


Chris   February 1st, 2009 12:17 am ET

I think the Blajoagevich case is a clash of the press and the goverment. Blajoagevich is taking the power of the press and ramming it aginst the doors of the judicial system. I believe he tried to sell the seat to get into the senate or house where he could have been sucessful. To bad he was bugged.


Maurice   February 1st, 2009 12:22 am ET

I live in Illinois and I know how politics work here. Myself and many others do not believe this man is guilty. He just didn't agree with all the .......... Whatever is in the wash will come out in the rinse.


bob bourne   February 1st, 2009 12:23 am ET

I've lived in chicago area my entire life.Blago takes the political cake.
His level of delusion,narcisism and unapologetic arrogance is an insult to everyone in Illinois,and Blago's own family.


Vernon Warnock   February 1st, 2009 12:30 am ET

Rod is not any more dishonest then any person in congress or the president for that matter the liberal press has crucified the poor guy because they did not want any shame on there beloved Obama.
He is probably the most honest person in politics in the whole state
of Illinois. I am a life long Democract. You can see what kind of person someone by how they stick with there friends in times of trouble. Look how Obama take care of his friends in trouble.


George Canovas   February 1st, 2009 12:34 am ET

I just don't understand that a governor would be removed from office because of the allegations against him, and another one is being put into office who never paid for his taxes for years. There is just something that doesn't balanced out with how the senate or Washington officials are conducting their business if they will try to right one thing about one official and not right the other wrong that is going on. This is really wrong.


Shirley   February 1st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Blajoagevich should have picked Jackson and he would still have a job.


Deborah Pace   February 1st, 2009 12:57 am ET

While I am not a U.S. Citizen (a Canadian), from what I have been following on this issue, I truly feel he is being set up. Why would someone *secretly* tape a public official. I personally understand his statement that his *private conversations* in which perhaps inappropriate language may have been used is a ridiculous excuse to try and *draw and quarter this man*, he has been a long standing public servant who I from reading up on him, has served well. He does *not have to be railroaded* in this manner without having a public hearing in which he can defend himself of any apparent wrong doing. I mean like even we in Canada along with what I believe all U.S. Citizens believe is that the law says *innocent until proven guilty*!..Good luck to you Governor, I hope that you are give the opportunity to justify your actions/comments and continue to serve your state well


Zman   February 1st, 2009 1:02 am ET

My only complaint is why it took so long.

He will have time to defend himself at any subsequent trial.

The tapes are damming.


Sean   February 1st, 2009 1:03 am ET

Please disable the looping animation in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. It's horribly distracting.


nena   February 1st, 2009 1:05 am ET

This all story is a big scam against this governor.They outed him but they couldnt represent any evidence and they didn't gave him any chance.He is not even convicted he is under investigation.
Mr Blagojevic you are the best me and my family pray for you every day and we hope the throught will come out at open.


Ernest   February 1st, 2009 1:07 am ET

Hi Larry Everything he commented on your show was just a lie! He tried selling the seat and thats the bottom line


Dennie Leach   February 1st, 2009 1:11 am ET

I think he made the best case he could have given the suppression of evidence of the federal prosecution. He has said he has nothing to hide. I see it like poker. The prosecutor needs to offer the Gov. a speedy trial and show his cards. What do you have? The Senate needs to hear it for there to be a fair trial. If not you are just a lynch mob for a man who has done good things for the state of Illinois. After I graduate, I hope to move to a state as progressive as Illinois.


Chas   February 1st, 2009 1:13 am ET

Blagojevich: A truly dishonorable man


Diane   February 1st, 2009 1:17 am ET

Larry I have not heard one piece of true evidence against Blagoyvich. As far as I'm concerned, the
worst thing he has done is overlook a certain
individual of high fame for the Senate seat. He
didn't dance to the music. So they have booted him.
Actually I would like to see him exonerated in a court
of law...but we all know that won't happen in the dirty
circus of Illinois politics.


Tamara Jackson   February 1st, 2009 1:18 am ET

01-31-09

"Hi I'm sitting here watching Larry king, and Rod Blagoyaveich is as senical, and disturbing as his responses to several questions....
He constently mentions the fact that he signed and got various healthcare needs and eligibilities approved and available,
and the statements, are just senseless if you asked me, overall he keeps avoiding the question, (did you say these things?)
"I've watched him on the view previously, and was very bothered by his appearance, because he kept avoiding answering the questions, that they have on wires/tapes/ etc.

"But what really bothers me is, that he continues to point out the fact that healthcare was appointed to many, because of him, and I get that same attitude from my exmother-inlaw, everytime I turn around she brings up what she has done in the past fo myself or my kids, but my whole thing is this, and shes a christian mind you", but these things of good, are suppose to be from your heart, or if you feel it in your best judgement, and of course if neccessary, but if you have to keep mentioning it, and bringing it up, then evidently they were not done for the right reasons, only to make yourself look good,
"I'm just wondering if he continues to mention what he did by healthcare and the people, was it just to make himself look good?
And if he said the things that were on tape, (which in so many ways he has told on himself), but anyone who speaks what they say, should know what they meant by saying it, he come up with that B.S. "it could mean a whole bunch of things, to say the comments themselves has different interpretations, "well I say, what did he mean???
"Stop the bull Blago, and fess up, and keep it real man", you've been busted!!!!
"I want to know what did he mean by saying, "I have this thing and its golden, and he want something for it............

sure don't sound like trying to push bills to me!!!!!


Janet from Chicago   February 1st, 2009 1:20 am ET

To George C.: You write about one governor being "removed from office because of the allegations against him, and another one is being put into office who never paid for his taxes for years." I'm not sure what you are talking about.

Rod Blagojevich was removed from office after the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to convict him because of the overwhelming pattern of abuse of his gubernatorial power. This was not a criminal trial and an impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case.

Blagojevich's indictment and criminal trial will happen at a later date. That will also be a fair trial.

Blagojevich's impeachment had absolutely nothing to do with his appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama, and his appointing anyone else (like Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.) wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome either.

He was asked to resign and he ignored those requests. He was asked not to appoint anyone to the U.S. Senate seat and he ignored those requests.

These things speak to the size of his ego and his arrogance.

However, these things are NOT impeachable offenses and they were NOT part of his impeachment trial.

After Blagojevich was removed from office and furthermore barred from ever holding another elected office in Illinois, our Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn was sworn in as the 41st Governor of Illinois.

Gov. Quinn is a true reformer. He has walked the walk. Blagojevich could only talk the talk - he was only happy in the media spotlight. Gov. Quinn has vowed to "fumigate" our state's government, and it needs it! Gov. Quinn has NO tax problems, as you allege. (Perhaps you were thinking of New York Gov. Paterson's Chief of Staff who has had tax problems?)

Everyone has a right to their opinion; however, if you are basing yours solely on interviews given by Blagojevich you should know this - he was not telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Blagojevich will have his day in criminal court. Let's see what happens then and how he defends himself, if he can. At least he won't be able to boycott his criminal trial.


Jaison   February 1st, 2009 1:38 am ET

Larry!

He always acting like a wise guy, i bet he is acting same way at his home too. i feel sorry for his family. he better start work on him self otherwise he is gonna be lonely angry old man. or US can ship him to IRAQ or AFGHANISTAN and make him President there.


jan   February 1st, 2009 1:55 am ET

I feel that Rod Blagojevich has a right to be heard. There is more to his story. We are innocent until proven quilty. I do have to hand it to him for standing up for himself. I feel for his family. This is always so hard for the spouse and children. With our Country in such turmoil why can't the politicians all pull together. It seems that their is a large majority of them that want to hurt and destroy so many people a long the way. This is NOT WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS AT THIS TIME!!!!! Allow Mr. Blagojevich to tell his side to bring forth witnesses. I don't understand why this wasn't allowed??? In the Bible Jesus says he that is without sin cast the first stone!! Give this man a chance. In other words we all are imperfect. Jan from California.


Greg Murrell (South Africa)   February 1st, 2009 2:01 am ET

Is this how American justice works? Just get rid of the Governor and all will be well? If he attempted to "sell" the senate seat, where is the person or persons he allegedly tried to extort? There must be a victim or victims here, otherwise he could not have profited. So let those who were asked to pay up now stand up and be counted so that we can all see that the Governor really did do something wrong.


R.KOPYLCIW   February 1st, 2009 2:10 am ET

after listenning to your program with Rod Blagojevitch on the hotseat i think these senators should give Rod his day in REAL COURT and not in a government kangaroo court.These senate gangs seem to have tunnel vision and hearing to boot when it comes to who said what and how it was said . Then be able to accuse Rod of a crime that a good majority of us could be accused of everyday because of the way we convey our thoughts to words.The worlds religious manuscripts are still being interpeted .Which is the right interpetation SEANATORS,or is it one mans political policy that made yourselves men who only see one interpetation.


Dennie Leach   February 1st, 2009 2:14 am ET

To Janet C. He has not been removed office yet!!! Are you kidding me right now. The senate may very well do that and he said on D.L. Hughley that they still haven't removed him. I am not worried about Tom Quinn. I am worried about a Gov. who is being impeached, which is only an indictment, for merely trying to get legislation to be passed. He has to "dodge" questions because the Illinois supreme has basically gagged him while the federal prosecution is allowed to force feed the "truth" to the American public. Give me a break and just prove he broke the law with all the evidence, then I will believe those witch hunt prosecutors who usually trying to make a name for themselves.


R. Cruz   February 1st, 2009 2:14 am ET

Dear CNN,
This is an OUTRAGE!!! To think that in this day and age a person (never mind a two term sitting governor with a law degree) could be arrested, tried and convicted in the court of public opinion without so much as a even a thought about his innocence, is more than an outrage, it's DISGRACEFUL! It's as disgraceful (if not more disgraceful) than the very crimes he's alleged to have committed. If the charges are dropped today, he's still out of office.
Angrily yours,
R. C.
New York, N.Y.


Jennifer   February 1st, 2009 3:08 am ET

I am from Illinois. I can say I didnt vote for him either time. I must admit that I am ashamed that Illinois citizens voted for him twice! It seems that in Illinois, the governors make our license plates. It is a funny turn around.


Janet from Chicago   February 1st, 2009 3:27 am ET

To Dennie L.: On January 29, 2009, Rod Blagojevich was indeed removed from office. The programs you watched (Larry King and D.L. Hughley) were re-runs. If you don't believe me, Google it. Blagojevich is now a private citizen and Patrick Quinn is Illinois' new Governor.

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On January 29 (before the vote), Blagojevich made a surprise appearance at the impeachment trial - a fair trial - which was held in the Illinois Senate chambers in Springfield, Illinois, and which was presided over by Illinois' Chief Justice. (I saw it televised live during the week. I'm sorry you missed it.)

On the 29th - the last day of the trial (and near the end of the trial) Blagojevich came only to make a speech. He was not sworn in because he didn't want to be sworn in. He offered no defense to any of the evidence previously presented at the impeachment trial. He could not be cross-examined. He offered no witnesses to speak in his defense. Please note that there were plenty of people he could have called who would not have posed a conflict of interest with the upcoming criminal trial and who could have helped him in his defense. Blagojevich was allotted 90 minutes to speak. He used only half that time and then he ran away.

So why wasn't he in Springfield, Illinois, before the 29th attending his own impeachment trial? Because he and his lawyers were "boycotting it." He lied when he said the rules of the trial were unfair. He's a good liar.

Did you know that one of his lawyers (Genson) quit because Blagojevich wouldn't listen to him? I don't think he liked the idea of the media blitz (arranged by the same PR firm that Drew Peterson uses). That PR firm booked Blagojevich on all those TV shows in New York. As you know, Blagojevich talked to anyone who would listen - anyone with a camera and a microphone, that is - anyone who would listen to him scream about being innocent and about the “unfair” process, blah blah blah. He sure does like to talk. Above that, he LOVES the media spotlight. He is a narcissist.

All 59 Illinois Senators voted to convict and Blagojevich was removed from office immediately. The 59 Senators also voted unanimously to bar Blagojevich from ever holding another elected office in Illinois. (It should be noted that the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate both have Democratic majorities and Blagojevich is also a Democrat.)

There was without a doubt a pattern of abuse of power by Blagojevich, and that in a nutshell is why he was impeached. An impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case, but the prosecutor did an excellent job of outlining the facts which supported this conclusion - A PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER. (An impeachment conviction also does not mean he is going to jail because it is not a criminal conviction.)

Much was made of the ‘Senate seat sale’ but there is far more to this case than that alone. ‘Federal agents continue to investigate Blagojevich’s administration for acts of wrongdoing involving hiring, contracting, board appointments, and fundraising.’

This also bears repeating. Everyone has a right to their opinion; however, if you are basing yours solely on interviews given by Blagojevich you should know this - he was NOT telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

I believe that Blagojevich will have his day in court - criminal court. He won’t have the luxury of boycotting that trial and going on another media blitz. We will all have to wait and see what his defense will be then, if there is one.


alan p watermann   February 1st, 2009 3:38 am ET

i think Blago is just mad that all the other ILL.politicians are corrupt and so he should be able to be also.its so obvious he lies about everything


Jeanne   February 1st, 2009 3:57 am ET

Why aren't CNN's lawyers angling to get all of the tapes played, preferably on their network?

The public has a right to know. We want to hear the tapes...all of them. We pay all of their salaries...the US Attorney, the governor, the state senators, the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court...

The public has a right to know. When do we get to hear all of the tapes?


Darcy Burroughs   February 1st, 2009 3:58 am ET

I am truly embarrassed, as I'm sure the rest of North America is, to admit that Rod Blagojevich used to be someone we wasted our tax dollars on. Not only has he displayed how our political system can be manipulated to benefit the greed and dishonour of one wannabe politician, he truly believes that by skirting the direct questions offered to him by Larry to clear the air surrounding his no less than criminal actions, he can win the sympathy of the very people he was unsuccessful in controlling. Nice try-goodbye!


Kristi Barner   February 1st, 2009 5:25 am ET

I have seen many politicians talk a lot (basically) non sense and avoid many questions that are asked of them, yet I have never been so blown away by ex-Governor Blagojevich's avoidance of questions as I have been tonight. I have been a long time republican (due to my parents) yet I voted for Obama, even though I don't consider him a democrat or republican. I see him as a long awaited leader who is bringing back ideals from our founfing fathers. I say all this to show I am not bias... he is insane! For him to not remember what he said, yet for him to remember what so many other people have said to make him seem not guity, he must really think the majority of the American public is stupid. I hope he gets his"bleepin golden punishment"


Ahmad Abdollahzadeh   February 1st, 2009 5:46 am ET

Dear Larry King,

This is Ahmad Abdollahzadeh from Mashhad, Iran. I am writing for Khorasan daily newspaper.

I do know this is not the right place to ask you for a single-question interview, but I didn't find you anywhere else.

I will be grateful to have your answer to a single question on the recent war in Gaza Strip.

Was Israel 'unwilling' or 'unable' to continue the 22-day war in Gaza Strip? Can there be another choice?

Respectfully yours,

Ahmad Abdollahzadeh


Kristi Barner   February 1st, 2009 5:51 am ET

As I read everything else that people wrote about what a great man he is, or how he did great things I laugh. There are a lot of people in this world that have done great things, yet also make mistakes they have to pay for. Should we forgive a father a four who lived his whole life as a great dad, then robed a bank? No! When a person does something wrong, they should be held responsible for what they do, no matter what great life, or deeds they have accomplished!


ELA CADMUS   February 1st, 2009 6:09 am ET

Everybody is bothered about his offence but nobody is bothered about his mind and mental health. I am very disturbed about his state of mind and fear he may go crazy. Larry, somebody should send him for mental and psycological check-up and please talk to the wife and find out how his behavior has been for some time now.
OAK PARK, MI


Committeefornationalrebirth   February 1st, 2009 6:12 am ET

There appears to be a grand political conspiracy against the impeached Governor,Blagojevich.What is obvious is that there are no concrete evidence to convict the Gov. for what is interpreted to mean He palnned to sell Obama's senate seat.Why was the senate so much in a hurry to impeach him,if they went all out to tape him why couldn't they wait to have a convincing evidence that he meant to receive monetary reward from prospective candidates,at least they should be able to prove that he received money or placed a monetary value on the "seat"
It is rather sad that he was not given the opportunity to defend himself.Even if he was really guilty the least they could do for anyone involved such scam is to allow for him to present witnesses.Why would they impeach him without allowing the public to hear the tape-on which merit-they are impeaching him...comm'on.....No one is fooled,this is all politics!!!!!


Bob Hugo   February 1st, 2009 6:13 am ET

Hi Larry,

How is the job going?

I am so proud of your programme its the best so far in CNN

All I have to say is that Gov.Blagojevich really stepped on some big toes I mean bigger than him.

All the same there are some truth in what he said today and i think his lawyer too was right.

Lastly whoever is against him must have something to do with the last presidential election.

Mr.Gov please take it easy and please try to listen to your good advicers.They seem to have more to offer you then your single fight.

You can never win this fight alone.

thank you Larry,hope to come live to your programme


Kelvin from Germany   February 1st, 2009 6:16 am ET

A big question sign on American democracy. Shame to the Illinois senate. I wish we could all take a few minutes and reflect on the kind of things we say (about our parents, friends, teachers, fellow citizens) when no one is listening. This is an unfortunate situation for this governor. He was just being human, enjoying his privacy and freedom of speech. If all politicians were being wired, then I believe we would all be living in apprehension. It will be extremely difficult to convict this guy based on the infringement of his privacy.


John-Olav Ottesen   February 1st, 2009 6:22 am ET

I watched the interview of Gov. Blagojevich, and either he is a very good actor or he is actually telling the truth. I believe that politics is so rotten sometimes that it would not be the first time that a person is sacrificed to benefit cynical political goals. It just might be that the Governor is the victim of classical mass deception, and one mans words against a tsunami of stories in newspapers,radio and TV will be drowned completely. If it really is true that he is not allowed to call witnesses in the process against him, then how can he defend himself?


Carol Meyer   February 1st, 2009 6:27 am ET

Larry I listened to your show practially all night and i think the people should light up. Remember if we all were wearing a microphone 24-7 we probally wouldn't come out smelling like roses. Sooner or later your going to say something that you shouldn't have or really didn't mean it like that. Since O'bama began running for president, I have heard more racial ( out and out ) Racial remarks that I have during my previous 46 years on this earth. I detest hearing those kind of remarks and I remove myself from the Ignorance of those kind of people as fast as I can. The people need to look at the Govenors track record, and in times like this don't cut off their noses to spite their face, and lose a good Govenor. HELL We have all cussed when we shouldn't have and said things that we wish we haddn't. I hope the govenor and his family can hold strong through this and not become bitter. The same people he work so had to help, are the same ones that forget all that, and at first sign of trouble, turn their backs on him and condim him. Now who's Ignorant? That what you call fair weather friends. Thanks Carol Meyer


Jeff   February 1st, 2009 6:33 am ET

Mr. Blagojevich is trying to plead his case and save himself. It is clear however that most of the public and governing leaders are clearly against him. But I feel for him. I am sure he is sad about all of these events...he is shamed and so is his family. He has done a lot of good for a lot of people and all of that seems worthless now. I wish society would have more sympathy and compassion for those who may have made errors in thier life. Instead the media and public look to condemn, hurt, and stomp on anyone who has tripped and fallen. They would even kick them when they are down. Humanity kills itself by condeming a fellow human who has stumbled in his/her life. I say to all people...have compassion for others, help them when they are down, help them become better, forgive, have sympathy, and encourage. If this keeps up, humanity will eventually kill itself by itself. How is it that humanity has come so far in many ways, but has progressed so little in the things that matter most?


Mr. Know I. All Sr.   February 1st, 2009 7:13 am ET

To: Vernon Warnock,
I think that Vernon Warnock has really dark lenses on his glasses because he can't see past the bridge of his nose!!! What the H@#L are you talking about? This is one case that the press simply reported the news as it happened without adding or subtracting anything. Bring what shame on Obama are you talking about? Please let us know!!! You sound like one of those people who plan to
blame Obama for everything that takes place in the world from 1962 until about forty years after he's gone on home to glory.... to be with his Lord! Blagojevich said he is not now nor has he ever been close to Obama. Some how that makes them friends in your book.


OneObservation   February 1st, 2009 11:40 am ET

With all the press about the Republican leadership vaccuum, Blagojevich's impeachment shows how deep that issue is ... considering the GOP could not field a viable candidate to unseat this character. That alone is sad commentary on the prospects for their party and how hard it will be to rehabilitate their cause.

Chicago is famous for crooked politics and also was the tv home of Bozo the Clown. Blago is the 21st century experiment that combined the two with tragic results.


David Barthel   February 1st, 2009 1:02 pm ET

I don't agree with the impeachment of Governor Blagojevich. I think they should have waited until after the criminal proceedings at which time they could have made a more accurate assessment. I am a lifelong Illinois resident and I believe the government could have moved forward under the circumstances. I don't believe it is a corrupt state. Where do you draw the line in politics?It may have set a bad precedent.


VernardM   February 1st, 2009 1:24 pm ET

Janet from Chicago... Very, very, very well said. I think the "Blagojevich sympathy" is just caused by the Burris appointment (which gained a lot of support from African-Americans), the things he built for Illinois, and the charity he gave... It's not wrong for people to be appreciative for that, but that doesn't mean just because he did something for the people, he can get away with anything. He's a very good liar underneath it all, it's proven by the number of people who supports him (the number of people he manipulated).

I do not know what some of the people are complaining about: "fair trial?" The Impeachment is already a trial?! and besides, it's not like he's going to jail... he just can't run for any political office anymore. I bet there won't be any company hiring him for an executive positiion too... but at least those people who thinks he's a "hero" can hire him.

So, sorry for your loss Blago fans, but this is the world, if you're a politician, keep your dark-side away from the public, even in private places as well. And hey, be fair, Nixon, Bill Clinton, W. Bush had their share of stupid moments and ideas that leaded almost or had lead to their impeachment.


Pam   February 1st, 2009 2:58 pm ET

As I said earlier in my comment. If he is guilty, then he should be punished. But don't scold me, because I listed the good that Gov. Blagejevich did for the 'have nots' in Illinois. No, it does not wipe away the tapes, the conversations, etc. But nor does it negate the good he's done for families' like mine, who, before he passed the 'All Kids," program, did not have health insurance. I worked, but the insurance was too expensive for a family of 5. I thank Gov. Blagejevich for what he did for us, and pray that he, the State of Illinois and the new administration gets through these tough times. No matter what, you do not forget what right has been done for you, when or if wrong is done in another arena. You just don't forget.


Janet from Chicago   February 1st, 2009 3:44 pm ET

To VernardM: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I feel as though we're in the minority here because we were not manipulated by Blagojevich's misrepresentation of the facts.

People - he was not telling you the whole truth! Sure he did some good things for the state of Illinois - sometimes. Sure his intentions were good - sometimes. That is not why he was impeached.

Blagojevich has known that he was under criminal investigation for years, and it has only been since last October that some of his conversations were taped. But there was more proof of wrongdoing than just those tapes. Blagojevich will have his day in criminal court and then you will see his defense, if any.

Being impeached does not mean that you go to jail - it means that you lose your government job and, in his case, are also barred from holding any other elected office in Illinois.

The Illinois Senate has no control over the U.S. Attorney and did not 'order' this investigation. The three branches of government are Executive, Legislative, and Judicial - and they are supposed to be separate but equal.

You don't know how many times Blagojevich did an end-run around the Legislative branch in our state - all for big headlines. He has delusions of grandeur.

Here is but one example of Blagojevich overstepping the bounds of his office by trying to control both the Executive and Legislative branches of our state's government.

During the flu vaccine shortage, Blagojevich was repeatedly told that the flu vaccines he rushed to order from overseas would never be allowed in the U.S. After he was repeatedly told this by the FDA, and after he was repeatedly told by the CDC that the flu vaccine shortage was over, he still went ahead and ordered the illegal flu vaccines because he wanted to be the savior of 'the elderly and the little children.' Hubris!

What happened then? He couldn't give the illegal flu vaccines away to third-world countries suffering through the aftereffects of a devastating earthquake. Even the poorest of the poor wouldn't take the flu vaccines which by now were expired. What a waste, and it all could have been avoided if it weren't for his ego.

Blagojevich says that this incident hasn't cost the state anything, and yet we are being sued for $2.8 million for these now-destroyed flu vaccines.

This is but one example of the man's contempt for the rules and processes which had been set in place to protect the citizens of Illinois.

It certainly does not help matters when people like Geraldo Rivera and D.L. Hughley also proclaim Blagojevich's innocence. They have been taken in by Blagojevich's 'charm' and his misrepresentation of the facts.

If only they had viewed the Illinois House impeachment committee proceedings; if only they had viewed the impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate; then they would have had a clearer picture of the underlying reasons why this man is no longer the governor. It was a fair process. He chose not to participate in it. He was too busy stomping his feet and crying foul.

Here's a quote from Jonathan Swift: "There is none so blind as they that won’t see."

Do not feel sorry for this man. His moral compass is so out of whack that he truly believes that he has not broken the law. It's very sad.

One more thing to always remember. There are three sides to every story: yours, mine, and the truth.


Debbie   February 1st, 2009 9:30 pm ET

He is not the only rotten govenor , but he is one that got caught doing dirty deeds for money. If you did follow all the govenors around it would surprise you I'm sure all they have their sticky fingers in. He went to far and got greedy. It will always catch up with you someday. Politicians are not beyond someone finding out about tactics they use to gain money, but I do feel bad for his family.


BIMBO-ADEBI   February 1st, 2009 11:49 pm ET

Infact i feel so sorry for this guy,but i will say that the united state senate is not fair enough in this case,they should allow this guy to bring the witness and even the vidoe or telephone conversation and show it to the world,so that it will be clear to every one,i am sad to see that the united state that the whole world respect in their democracy achievement can still go ahead and impeach a whole governor under 30minutes vote without considering the allegation to the Governor by allowing him to defend himself.look, this guy is a Governor that was voted to office by people of the state.infact this trial is not fair and transparent and i consider this as a shame to america democracy.


Mr. Know I. All Sr.   February 2nd, 2009 2:57 am ET

HOORAY for Javier Salazar!
WAKEUP PEOPLE!!! If the law doesn't apply to the lawmakers, for sure the rest of us are in BIG, BIG TROUBLE!!!


Janet from Chicago   February 2nd, 2009 1:53 pm ET

I feel like I'm talking to the wall, but here I go again.

Blagjoevich has already had a FAIR impeachment trial in Illinois. He chose NOT to defend himself and instead went on a media blitz misrepresenting the facts. In other words, he out and out LIED to you. You cannot listen to only one side of the story (his) and truly understand what has happened here in Illinois.

By the way, the impeachment trial took place in the Illinois State Senate - not the U.S. Senate.

When the criminal case is heard, you will see that Blagojevich will, in many cases, not have a defense to offer. And he won't be able to boycott that criminal trial and go on another media blitz.

He is now a private citizen. Stop putting him in the spotlight. He is not a celebrity. He is just another corrupt former politician with a big monster ego still looking for his moment in the sun. Any further 'reporting' on Rod Blagojevich (and Drew Peterson for that matter) must cease.


Sandy   February 2nd, 2009 4:10 pm ET

I dont understand all the hoopla about Michael Phelps..he shouldnt be doing these things where others can take his pic..but at the same time he is just a kid..doing normal kid things..part of growing up so lets all leave him alone..hes human..hes a kid..let him live his life and let the rest of us get a life!!!


VernardM   February 2nd, 2009 4:25 pm ET

How did Michael Phelps get involved in this?


Kelvin from Germany   February 2nd, 2009 4:42 pm ET

@Janet from Chicago, you are not talking to the wall.

What is the other side of the story? The case at hand is whether he tried to sell Obama senate seat and that is still to be proven. Why don't we let the courts do their job? Why the haste in the impeachment? Isn't the guy innocent (until proven guilty)?

The world is watching closely.


VernardM   February 2nd, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Kelvin from Germany =========================
@Janet from Chicago, you are not talking to the wall.

What is the other side of the story? The case at hand is whether he tried to sell Obama senate seat and that is still to be proven. Why don’t we let the courts do their job? Why the haste in the impeachment? Isn’t the guy innocent (until proven guilty)?

The world is watching closely.

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Well, I won't throw "have you been watching the news??" since you are from Germany, but in case you missed it, there has been a lot of coverage before the trial about Blagojevich and most of them played the Phone wiretap Blagojevich talking about selling Obama's Senate seat. Sure, he didn't exactly mentioned "I am selling Obama's seat" but the context itself has a hard note that tells a smart individual the same thing.

"The Senate seat is a f*cking valuable thing. You just don't give it away for nothing."

Okay. So, let's say it's not about money. For something else. Sex? Women? Trip to everywhere around the world? A New boat? It's still Corruption! (But it doesn't fool out of me, it IS money that he wants).


Janet from Chicago   February 2nd, 2009 8:39 pm ET

To VernardM: Thank you yet again. I was rereading what you said about Roland Burris. "An honorable public servant would have said, 'Thank you, tempting, but no thank you.'" That was an excellent point. Everybody else (who had sense) had taken themselves out of the running by the end of the year when Burris was appointed.

Now, you should remember that Blagojevich broke no laws by appointing Burris. I believe he did it just to spite all Illinoisans and high-ranking Democrats (including the President). He wanted to be all-powerful just one more time!

And this is not why he was impeached.


Janet from Chicago   February 2nd, 2009 8:45 pm ET

If any of you still believe that Blagojevich was "railroaded" and all that other nonsense, then I don't think I can convince you otherwise. Unless ... perhaps you should view the video of the Illinois House Prosecutor making his closing argument. Listen to Mr. Ellis summarize the case against Blagojevich which led to his removal as governor.

I cannot provide a link, so you should go to YouTube and search for this phrase:

"Illinois Prosecutor Closing Argument in Impeachment Tribunal for Gov. Blagojevich"

This closing argument is just over 40 minutes in length. Again, it is available on the CSPAN channel on YouTube, but the easiest way to find it is by using the phrase above in the search box on YouTube's main page.

You can also see Rod Blagojevich's closing argument which came after David Ellis spoke. Please note that Blagojevich was allotted 90 minutes and he used only half that time.

A lot of what he said you will have no doubt heard before, but he also threw in a rambling anecdote about getting coffee as a freshman congressman for John Warner. Very strange indeed. He also spoke of his immigrant parents - stories that came straight out of his campaign speeches. The guy likes to recycle!

Again, go to YouTube and search for this phrase:

"Gov. Blagojevich Statement to Illinois Senate Tribunal"

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After Blagojevich made his closing argument and ran away to avoid any questions, David Ellis made an eight-minute rebuttal speech (per the pre-established rules of the tribunal). Unfortunately, I cannot find this video on-line. Maybe you'll have better luck. However, I did find a few excerpts from the news blogs of the Chicago Tribune:

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"When the camera's on, the governor is for the little guy, the little people. When the camera's off, what are his priorities?" Ellis asked, pointing behind him to a poster board with transcripts of intercepted phone conversations. "'Legal, personal, political,'" Ellis said, paraphrasing words attributed to Blagojevich by federal authorities. "Nothing in that statement about the people of Illinois."

The House prosecutor also took exception to Blagojevich's refusal to swear an oath and submit to questions.

"He could have faced my questions, he could have faced your questions," Ellis said. "He talked more about the evidence with Barbara Walters on 'The View' than he did in this chamber."

"As always, the governor plays only by the rules he chooses," Ellis said. "Under the governor's rules, he doesn't answer questions."

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Janet from Chicago   February 3rd, 2009 1:06 pm ET

I cannot believe that Larry King is going to waste even more of his time tonight interviewing Blagojevich! He is a private citizen now. He is not a celebrity. You are only feeding his monster ego by keeping him in the spotlight.

Blagojevich already had a FAIR impeachment trial in which he could have called lots of people as witnesses to help him in his defense. The case was not solely about the sale of the U.S. Senate seat.

He chose not to do that and only showed up at the end of his impeachment trial to make yet another speech. He was not under oath and could not be cross-examined. He could have called his own brother to testify to help explain one of the taped conversations brought up at the impeachment. He could have offered video evidence (from a news talk show) of Rahm Emanuel wherein Rahm said nothing illegal was said or done between him and the Governor. He could have addressed each of the 13 articles of impeachment, but he didn't ... he chose not to defend himself.

There was without a doubt a pattern of abuse of power by Blagojevich, and that in a nutshell is why he was impeached. An impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case, but the prosecutor did an excellent job of outlining the facts which supported this conclusion — A PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER. (An impeachment conviction also does not mean he is going to jail because it is not a criminal conviction.)

HE WAS NOT RAILROADED!!!

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What's he going to say tonight? More of the same. You've heard it all before, people - misrepresentations, half-truths, and out-and-out lies.

Blagojevich keeps saying he was elected twice by the people of Illinois, like he won by a huge landslide each time. No, he didn't.

In the 2002 gubernatorial election he won with 52.19% of the vote. That's not a landslide.

In the 2006 gubernatorial election he won with 49.79% of the vote. That's also not a landslide. (The Republican Party candidate had 39.26% of the vote and the Green Party candidate had 10.36% of the vote in 2006.)

Also in 2006, largely due to his massive campaign war chest built with "suspicious" campaign donations (it's called pay-to-play politics), Blagojevich plastered the airwaves with horrible commercials smearing his Republican opponent. The most notorious one that I remember had the tag line, "What was she thinking?" These campaign ads were untruthful and misrepresented his opponent, and yet people believed him. Sound familiar?


Mariah from Texas   February 3rd, 2009 8:46 pm ET

Hold it right there, Janet from Chicago. You never know. The government just may be out to get Blago. He has said he was innocent from the very beginning. How do we know? All we know is what they show us on television. The government controls your opinions too. There are three sides to every story: Side A, Side B, and the truth. Don't be so naive.


LH   February 3rd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Thanks For Janet!! The most logical of the bloggers on this subject!

First: Blago is fighting for his LIFE now! He KNOWS that the evidence is overwhelming for sending him to the pen; his plan now is to try to sway the bleeding hearts his way. He wasn't sabotaged in the Senate hearings; and it wasn't a felony trial. That is to come...soon, I hope. What the IL senate listened to and passed judgement on was the actual phone taps that they were forced to sit through. That included the Obama Senate seat, the desire to fire all editors at the newspaper who were not supportive of him, the threat to withhold $$ for the childrens hospital unless the CEO kicked back $$.

What is so hard for you to understand? This clown has been caught red-handed, and HE knows it. He's been dirty for all the years he's been in power, and he's used it to the hilt! I am totally with anyone that is or has been railroaded unfairly or illegally-I'm the first to jump to anyone's defense if they've been unfairly judged. But in Blago's case, this bum is playing on every bleeding heart in the nation....hoping to dig up support. Do you realize that the people in IL are only 11% behind him? Doesn't that tell you SOMETHING about where your defense is falling????


Mariah from Texas   February 3rd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

LH, what politician do you know, has not done something "dirty"? HELLO, its Poli- ticks. (Many ticks). None of them are innocent. He just got "caught" in what he was doing, and refused to resign.


Janet from Chicago   February 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Hi, Mariah. Of course I am not naive enough to believe that Rod Blagojevich is the one and only corrupt official in Illinois or elsewhere. Illinois has more than its fair share of corruption. Our new Patrick Quinn, our new Governor, knows this too as he just said that we have to "fumigate" the state. There will be more heads rolling than just Blagojevich's.

As for your analogy, I used the same one in a previous post: "There are three sides to every story: yours, mine, and the truth."

I've also said this before and I'll say it again. There was without a doubt a pattern of abuse of power by Blagojevich, and that in a nutshell is why he was impeached. An impeachment does not require the same burden of proof as a criminal case, but the prosecutor did an excellent job of outlining the facts which supported this conclusion — A PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER. That is why he was impeached, removed from office, and barred from ever holding another elected office in Illinois.


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