Patti Blagojevich Proclaims Husband’s Innocence In Interview

UPDATED 02/28/12 11:47 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Life is about to change dramatically for Patti Blagojevich, as her husband prepares to report to federal prison in Colorado in a couple of weeks.

As CBS 2’s Susan Carlson reports, the normally camera-hungry deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been scarce since he was sentenced to 14 years in prison this past November. This is also the first interview Patti Blagojevich has granted since the sentencing.

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Speaking to talk show host Rosie O’Donnell, she continued to proclaim her husband’s innocence. She also admitted that the family is dealing with a lot of emotion as they approach March 15, when Rod Blagojevich must report to prison in Littleton, Colo.

O’Donnell counseled Patti Blagojevich on how to deal with the emotional upheaval.

“I think that it would probably be wise to take the time between now and the 15th to get all of those feelings out; to have him face the faces of his children, look them in the eye and say, ‘This is breaking Daddy’s heart,’” O’Donnell said.

At times sobbing, she said, “He was found guilty of getting advice and having routine conversations.”

“You’re going to make me cry,” Patti Blagojevich said.

She broke down in tears began sobbing during the interview and sobbed, as she continued to insist that her husband committed no crime.

“He was found guilty of getting advice and having routine conversations,” Patti said.

She added that “it wasn’t about anything else” and insists there was no criminal intent on her husband’s part. In her words, “I know his heart.”

She also talked in the interview about the fateful morning of Dec. 9, 2008, when the FBI showed up at the family’s Ravenswood Manor home to arrest the then-sitting governor.

“They called and I thought it was a joke,” Patti Blagojevich said. “It was like, ‘We’re the FBI, we’re downstairs. Open the door. We have a warrant for your husband’s arrest.’ And I was like, ‘Who is this? What kind of joke is this?’”

The Blagojeviches’ daughters, Amy and Annie, were 12 and 6 years old at the time.

“Our little one was actually, that night, you know, little ones will decide they want to come into your bed, and so she was actually in the bed that night, so I went down and I had to let (the FBI agents) in, and they immediately charged up the stairs into our bedroom when our little one was sleeping,” she said.

She said nothing could convince her that her husband was anything but innocent.

“I was there, and I heard all the conversations,” she said.

She says as governor, Rod Blagojevich took the people’s trust in him seriously.

“So much of this case was about intent – what was his intent? And I know his intent,” she said. “They can say whatever they want. I know what his intentions were.”

Blagojevich was convicted last year of 18 corruption charges, including an allegation that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat in 2008. U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel sentenced him to 14 years in prison in December.

Patti and the girls are not expected to move to Colorado to be closer to Rod during his term.

The Englewood prison where Blagojevich will serve his term is the same facility where Larry Warner – George Ryan’s co-defendant – also served two years for corruption in another state scandal. It also houses former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling.

O’Donnell remarked briefly Tuesday morning about her interview with Patti Blagojevich.

“She was lovely, actually,” O’Donnell said. “She was very nice.”

The interview airs at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

  • southside

    I got first dibs on Fatti Patti when Rod goes on vacation.

    • Jeremiah Right

      If she married that idiot, anything is possible. I am tired of the corruption in this city and in greater America. The coffers are being depleted by incompetent idiots. It aint gonna last much longer folks… just my $0.02

    • Drop Bear

      Is that something like “Pay To Play”??

    • Lyndia

      You are a pig. The woman’s husband is getting ready to go to jail on some bs. Show a little compassion.

  • southside

    he’s guilty as a mouse luv cheese.patti u need 2 give it up the people are sick of you n ur dumb husband .get him brain surgery n he might get better. i’m glad he’s going 2 jail. i hope they bust his as wide open he’s a CROOK!!!!

    • Lyndia

      How do you know he is a crook, southside?

      • southside

        A felony conviction suggests to me that he is a crook.

  • observer

    Other politicians are worried as soon as blogo arrives at his new home,he`s gonig to looking to the shorten his sentence.
    He knows an awful lot of dirt that got swept under the political rug!This should be interesting.

  • GrammarCop

    Patti darling, you should be in prison too!!! It’s no wonder you think your husband’s innocent!!!

    • Tom

      Has there ever been a person sent to prison that was guilty of anything?

      • Lucia

        Actually there are quite a few guilty ones there. I happen to work with those who are truly innocent. Learn about The Innocence Project. It has a huge chapter thru the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

    • Lyndia

      Why should Patti be in prison? She hasn’t done anything wrong.

  • Army Vet,VN

    Blago is guilty along with obama,but hes the only one going to jail.Obama was involved for the senate seat,the Feds knew he was and cut the investigation short.At the time of the country’s state,a newly appointed president under investigation would be to much.

    • JOHN

      Army Vet,VN if you have evidence that President Obama
      commited a crime go to fact tell us what he did.

  • Army Vet,VN

    I look for a pardon from obama down the line,which would prove my comment and others.

    • Lyndia

      If he did pardon him, he would be doing the state a favor.

  • money is wicked and blinds the ignorant

    Of course he’s innocent patti he has your lifeline in his hands. MONEY MONEY MONEYMONEY! MONEY! That’s all you see.

  • just saying

    Blago was an arrogant dumba** for sure but I think his senrence was a bit too long. I know a political lynching when I see one. He isn’t any different than any other Illinois politician,especially the Madigans who are as slimey as the day is long.

    • Lyndia

      You are right, just saying.

  • Just Sayin

    Patti should just be greatful that she wasn’t put on trial herself. Ghost payroll jobs with Rezko paying her real estate commissions without any work. A six figure job with a non-profit, who was strong armed because they were receiving state funding, and she spent most of her time “working from home”. As soon as Blago was charged by the feds they canned her. The only reason she wasn’t charged is her children. The feds know that a jury is sympathetic to women with children, and gave her a pass..

    • Lucia

      The feds do NOT give a pass to anyone because of gender or progeny. Who do you think is IN the women’s federal lockups?

  • Bill

    Even though I thought the verdict was correct, I had sympathy for the governor and particularly his daughters. My thoughts are still with his daughters, but I am becoming infuriated with the governor and his wife. What? He wasn’t doing it for the money?? He was ethical? Are you serious?? He wanted money to sell a senate seat. He wanted a cushy job on some foundation so he can be on someone else’s dime and give away someone else’s money, and never be accountable. He left this state to twist in the wind, and was constantly looking to feather only his own nest. We are stuck as a state with the worst credit raiting and she is out there talking about his ethics?

    • Lucia

      Okay, so what? Look at how many czars Obama has “rewarded.” They all got cushy do nothing baloney titled jobs for what? getting out the vote whether dead, alive, legal, in prison….just votes. The only problem is that the ex-gov. was targeted. Did any of you watch “Boss?” It was the most accurate portrayal of politics in Chicago that I can think of.

    • Lyndia

      He wanted money for the Senate seat, but did he get it? No, he did not. Is that what he is going to jail for? Beccause he wanted to sell the Senate seat but did not sell it? BS.

  • Spookiest spook

    Hey Patti, looking for something to do while Ron is gone? You got the time, I got the cash.

  • Just Axin

    Spook- Make sure you wear a Blago mask while taking care of the business.

  • chris

    Patti. Now that you and rob are separated.You should go on (POF) Plenty of put up a profile a few pictures of yourself some showing your assits and say (Husband left me looking for a man for dating, Its in your price range its FREE .You’ll get a few drinks and a meal out of it honey.

    • Lyndia

      Please, where is you ethics?

  • Brian

    She’s hot !

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  • southside

    Hey, I called first dibs in the first post.

  • juju

    She is so going to go horn dog once her husband is gone. Bukkake Blago. See it soon on On Demand

  • Centurion

    Hey Patti….THIS THING IS GOLDEN…I AM NOT JUST GONNA GIVE IT AWAY…I WANT SOMETHING FOR IT. Was he talking about the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama…or one of your thongs?

    So, how’s the real estate biz goin for ya now? Yep….just as we all thought…no governor pushing BIG DEALS YOUR WAY…….and now you have NOTHING!

    • Lyndia

      She has a rich azz daddy that loves her and those girls. Leave the woman alone.

  • Lucia

    I think that you should encourage Rod to ‘speak out’, name names, and drop off ALL the dirty laundry. But he should do it with the feds and “make a deal first.” They like to get all the players who played badly. Her life is going to be hard…no matter how much money she has, or influence she had. She could also do a “tell all.” Now’s the time…

    • Lyndia

      When you have money, your life IS NEVER HARD.

      • Lucia

        Lyndia, how naive you are!



  • Sick of the BS

    Oh, cry me a river!

  • tom sharp

    This dizzy broad probably thinks her father and sister are “innocent” politicians too!

  • BrendaBB

    I am very sad for Patti and her family and it is very insensitive to laugh about their situation. This whole case was politically charged, including the judge, the prosecutor, etc. They wanted a big name for themselves in getting the guilty verdict. The judge seemed to go along with the prosecutor on any of his requests. The case should have been resolved after the first trial but the prosecutor was after blood. We’ll never know how many politicians played a part in the final conviction.

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  • kulin

    NOW they cry he know what he was doing its to late now stupid idiot

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