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Bennie Garza | 25 February, 2020, 12:15

Rod Blagojevich on Friday declared himself a "political prisoner" in a contentious interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper over the substantial evidence prosecutors used to convict him on a host of public corruption charges.

"If you were to ask Nelson Mandela whether he thought the process was fair back in the early '60s in South Africa, he would say what I'm saying today", the ex-governor said on the news segment.

Blagojevich on Friday defiantly rebuked critics of his commutation, who have pointed to the considerable charges that landed him in prison.

The interview first became tense after Blagojevich said he was railroaded by "corrupt" prosecutors and described himself as a "political prisoner".

"What I'm saying is, I used to be thrown in jail and spent nearly eight years in jail for training politics - for searching for marketing campaign contributions with out a quid professional quo".

Blagojevich insisted that they wouldn't let him play tapes in court that would have "proved everything I'm saying is true about what they did to me".

Cooper stated Blagojevich's "argument doesn't maintain up". "Political prisoners have no due process and are unjustly jailed".

"Look, I have no problem with you getting out". He attempted to sell the former U.S. Senate seat of newly elected President Barack Obama through his power as governor to appoint someone. "There's a lot of people in Chicago, there's a lot of people in IL who actually spit up when you say that".

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper skewered former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for claiming he is a "political prisoner". He was sentenced to 14 years in jail and started serving time in 2012, however was not too long ago pardoned by President Donald Trump. "I didn't know how corrupt the criminal justice system was until it did it to me", he said. "But you ignored a whole hell of a lot of other people who were hoping you might give them clemency, when you actually mattered".

"What's sad is that you actually hadn't learned that when you mattered, when you actually were the governor, you talk about working for criminal justice reform, there's a lot of people in Chicago, there's a lot of people in IL, who actually like spit up when you say that", said Cooper.

"You got out, you do have an obligation to at least admit what you did wrong, and you refuse to do that", Cooper continued.

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