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Patti Blagojevich Opens Up to Rosie O'Donnell



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    Illinois' former first lady Patti Blagojevich speaks about the day the FBI took her husband from their home and how her family will cope when he begins serving the 14 year prison sentence. (Published Monday, Feb. 27, 2012)

    In her first extensive interview since her husband's sentencing, Patti Blagojevich tells talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell she's "positive" former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is innocent.

    During the one-on-one, airing Wednesday night on "The Rosie Show," Illinois' former First Lady also talks about the night her husband was arrested in their home and how the FBI charged up her stairs and into the bedroom

    "They called and I thought it was a joke," Blagojevich told O'Donnell. "It was like, 'We're the FBI, we're downstairs, open the door, we have a warrant for your husband's arrest.' "

    Still Blagojevich said her husband took Illinois voters' trust seriously and nothing anyone can show her will change her mind.

    "I was there, and I've heard all the conversations," she said. "So much of this case is about intent, what was his intent. They can say whatever they want. I know what his intentions were."

    At one point during the interview, Blagojevich was reduced to tears as O'Donnell offered her advice, urging her family to come to terms with the sentence before March 15.

    "Having a child removed from their father is going to be a devastating thing," O'Donnell said. "And you can help them through it, Patti, but he has to help you as well."

    Rod Blagojevich was convicted over the summer on corruption charges and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He must report to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on March 15.