Blagojevich: As senator, I would have hunted down bin Laden
BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter June 2, 2011 6:14PM
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Updated: July 8, 2011 3:07PM
He has compared himself to Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He has drawn parallels between himself and Winston Churchill as well as Abraham Lincoln.
But during his fifth day on the witness stand, even Rod Blagojevich managed to startle observers with a new one:
If he had appointed himself to the U.S. Senate seat in 2008, he would have traveled to Afghanistan to try to hunt down one Osama bin Laden.
His lawyer, Aaron Goldstein, asked if Blagojevich talked about appointing himself to the Senate “in exchange for going to Afghanistan and hunting down Osama bin Laden.”
“Yes,” A straight-faced Blagojevich replied, bringing yet another prosecution objection, hushed snickers and head-scratching in the courtroom.