11/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich Defends Scooter Libby On "Hardball" (VIDEO)

Disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich was a guest on "Hardball" as he continues to defend himself against charges that he tried to sell to the highest bidder the vacant Senate seat left behind by President Obama. He's also promoting his new book.

Matthews did his best to grill Blagojevich over the charges facing him but Blagojevich proved slippery prey and managed to dodge and hedge on most answers. One of the more interesting exchanges came during the discussion of his book, in which Blagojevich defends Scooter Libby. Matthews says the book implies that Libby was "railroaded" but Blagojevich, as usual, hedged:

He was scrutinized for a long time on a lot of other things that ultimately nothing came of and then they ultimately caught him unfortunately he didn't tell the truth. And that's what he ultimately was prosecuted on [...] The point I'm making in the book is there was a pursuit of him, in the substance of the things they were pursuing he didn't do those things wrong evidently. What he was ultimately held culpable for was not telling the truth and preventing the truth from being heard.


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