Blagojevich ensured host Jon Stewart that he's been falsely accused of trying to sell President Obama's vacated Senate seat for financial gain.
After Stewart made a few hair jokes, he asked Blagojevich point-blank about the now-infamous line that came out in the indictment: "I've got this thing and it's f****** golden."
"My accusers, who had a press conference while I was locked up in a jail cell, said that I said that. They have since gone to court and have gotten a court order that prevents me from finishing out that conversation and telling you exactly the next sentence or the next paragraph."
In the second part of the interview, Blagojevich said Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan "may have some criminal culpability."
"He was holding back a jobs bill, not expanding health care," Blagojevich said. "If he was leveraging that for [his daughter, Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan's] Senate seat then you have to ask yourself if that's legitimate or not."
Blagojevich reiterated his assertion that third parties were involved, including White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who wanted Blagojevich to appoint Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool to his vacated 5th Congressional District seat, according to an article in today's Sun-Times.
Comedy Central posted the entire, unedited, three-part interview on the show's Web site.