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    Gov. Blagojevich leaves his home through a back alley Dec. 10. (John H. White/Chicago Sun-Times)

From the mouth of Blagojevich:

  • The Governor Speaks
    Dec 10, 2008 "Whether you tape me privately or publicly, I can tell you that whatever I say is always lawful and the things I'm interested in are always lawful."

    On an another call he told "adviser A": "I've got this thing and it's [expletive] golden and, uh, uh, I'm not just giving it up for nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there."

    After quoting from the Rudyard Kipling poem "If", Mr Blagojevich said: "There are some powerful forces arrayed against me. It's kind of lonely right now." "But I have on my side the most powerful ally there is, and it's the truth."

    "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath," Blagojevich said in a Dec. 19 press conference in Chicago -- his first public statement since his arrest.

    "They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. (Expletive) them," Blagojevich told Harris in an intercepted call Nov. 11.

    "I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself," the governor allegedly said of filling the US Senate seat, speaking with a person...
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