Blagojevich returns for 5th day of testimony -

Blagojevich returns for 5th day of testimony


CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich has returned to the stand for a fifth day at his corruption retrial.

The ousted Illinois governor is expected to testify further Thursday about the allegation that he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

On Wednesday, Blagojevich tried to address the most infamous of his comments about the Senate seat on FBI wiretap recordings. In the comment, Blagojevich referred to the Senate appointment as "golden" and used an obscenity.

Blagojevich fumbled through his explanation when his attorney asked it.

Blagojevich stammered, saying he was afraid to answer. He went on to say the rare chance to appoint a senator was "a unique opportunity."

The 54-year-old faces 20 criminal counts, including attempted extortion and conspiracy to commit bribery. He denies all wrongdoing.

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