Since no one can actually hear you while you're on top of a mountain, Rod Blagojevich lamented this morning, you write a book. The former Illinois governor is on a media tour -- his second such blitz this year -- to promote his new book, "The Governor," in which he chronicles his political rise and fall.
While The Governor, published by Phoenix Books, was released today, it hit some bookstores in the Chicago area last week. Blagojevich is scheduled to appear on "The View," tomorrow and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," on Thursday.
During his morning talk show appearance, Blagojevich admitted he can be heard on FBI recordings telling others that the U.S. Senate seat is "(Bleepin') Golden," and he wasn't going to give it up for "(Bleepin') nothing."
"I did say that, I said it in the context of politics, helping the people of illinois, health care ..." Blagojevich said this morning.
He then lashed out at prosecutors for only telling part of the story.
"The very people who made those accusations are the ones who went to court and stopped the tapes from being released," Blagojevich said.
Blagojevich said prosecutors released only portions of secret recordings that captured him talking about President Obama's vacant senate seat last fall.
He said when the tapes are played at trial: "The simple truth is what will vindicate me."
He is scheduled to go on trial next June.
Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on charges that he tried selling the seat, among other allegations.
He denied the government's contention that he on the brink of selling the U.S. Senate seat when he was arrested. Instead, he said he was setting plans in motion to cut a deal with politically powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to push through a legislative package in exchange for naming the speaker's daughter, Lisa Madigan, to the post. The Madigans have said they have no idea of what plan Blagojevich is speaking.
"This is a story that is completely upside down," Blagojevich said this morning. He said it is a "lie and a mutilation of the truth," for the government to say it was stopping a crime spree.
"Not only is (naming Madigan) on the up and up," Blagojevich said. "It's the best deal I could get for the people of Illinois."