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Blago: Senate seat talk was legal 'horse trading'

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CHICAGO (AP) - Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says all he's guilty of is some ``political horse trading'' and if that's a crime prosecutors need to charge every other politician in America.

Blagojevich began his post-trial media tour Friday with interviews on WLS Radio in Chicago and NBC's ``Today'' show.

In both interviews, he characterized the discussions prosecutors say were efforts to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat as legal political discussions. Blagojevich says the conversations recorded by federal investigators were simply brainstorming sessions with his lawyers and advisers.

A federal jury deadlocked Tuesday on all but one of 24 charges against Blagojevich. He was convicted on a single count of lying to federal agents.

Prosecutors have pledged to retry the case as soon as possible.


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