Patti Blagojevich says her husband is innocent, telling Rosie O’Donnell, “I know his heart.
“I was there, and I’ve heard all the conversations. I know his heart,” Patti Blagojevich said in an interview with Rosie O’Donnell. “So much of this case is about intent. What was his intent? I know his heart.”
In just a couple of weeks, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will begin to serve his 14 year sentence against the 18 counts of corruption charges. His wife, Patti Blagojevich appears on ‘The Rosie Show’ in her first interview since the sentencing.
“He was found guilty of getting advice and having routine conversations,” Patti Blagojevich told Rosie O’Donnell.
In the taped interview scheduled to air Wednesday, Patti was brought to tears.
NBC Chicago reported the former first lady of Illinois was crying as Rosie O’Donnell offered her advice, urging her family to come to terms with the sentence before March 15.
“I think it would probably be wise to take the time between now and the 15th to get all of those feelings out,” Rosie said. “To have him face the faces of his children, look him in the eyes and say, this is breaking daddy’s heart.”
Upholding her husband’s innocence, Patti openly sobs as Rosie gives her gentle advice.
Rosie tells Patti, “I can’t fathom what you’re going through as a mother. To have a child removed from their father is going to be a devastating thing. You can help them through it, Patti, but he has to help you as well.”
The impact has certainly taken a toll on their family. The Blagojevich home is up for sale and soon the father of two young girls will head to prison.
Defending her husband, Patti realizes the worst part is preparing their children. Getting all those feelings out, the family is getting ready to say goodbye to their dad.
Dealing with a lot of emotions, Patti recalled the day the FBI came to their home early one morning in December 2008.
“They called. I thought it was a joke,” she said. “This is the FBI. We’re downstairs, open the door. We have a warrant for your husband’s arrest.”
She believes her husband is innocent and she stands by her man. Patti said her husband took Illinois voters’ trust seriously and nothing anyone can show her will change her mind.
“They can say whatever they want. I know what his intentions were,” she said.
Rod Blagojevich was convicted of 18 corruption charges last year including trying to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat. The former Illinois governor will serve his prison term at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood. He is scheduled to report to the Colorado prison March 15.
Patti Blagojevich’s interview on The Rosie Show will air Wednesday on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.