Rod Blagojevich is interviewed by Newsradio 780 Chicago, Associated Press
I know what the truth is and I know that I not only won't be found to have done anything wrong. I will prove my innocence. I have been victimized.”— Rod Blagojevich
Ex-Governor Blagojevich has been in New York promoting his book "The Governor".
WBBM's Steve Miller spoke to him by phone as the former governor was making the rounds of TV studios.
Rod Blagojevich says even before he was arrested, he starting wondering what life would be like if he hadn't chosen politics.
"And I'd wonder whether I made the right decision in my path in life and maybe I should've put all this hard work and effort into building a better life for my children and my wife.
"So I've felt these sort of guilty feelings before this happened."
Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he sometimes lies awake at night worrying about being locked up -- but he’d never cut a deal with prosecutors to shave years off a prison sentence.
"I think about it (prison) in the wee hours, in the witching hour — I'm only human," the disgraced pol told The Associated Press.
Blagojevich is accused of trying to barter away Barack Obama’s Senate replacement in exchange for a high-priced job for himself or his wife, or cash for a political campaign.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday that statements he made on secret FBI wiretap tapes were taken out of context by prosecutors and that he might try to call senators and a top White House official as witnesses at his racketeering and fraud trial to back his version of events.
Blagojevich told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he might even try to subpoena President Barack Obama as a witness at his trial, but the court is unlikely to compel the president to testify.
The former governor, whose trial is scheduled to begin June 3, said he expects to be cleared of charges that he tried to sell or trade Obama's former Senate seat for campaign money or a high-paying job for his wife or himself.
"I will be vindicated because I haven't done anything wrong," Blagojevich said.