As the Illinois Senate prepared for his impeachment trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich made two television appearances Monday morning to repeat his claims of innocence and reveal that he had considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the U.S. Senate.

As the Illinois Senate prepared for his impeachment trial, Gov. Rod Blagojevich made two television appearances Monday morning to repeat his claims of innocence and reveal that he had considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the U.S. Senate.

Blagojevich appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View.”

On “Good Morning America,” Blagojevich once again said that the impeachment trial is an unfair process that doesn’t allow him to mount an effective defense. He said that comments he made on recorded phone calls that appear to show him trying to auction off the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama were “taken out of context.”

“When the whole story comes out, you’ll see that the effort was to work to have a Senator who can best represent Illinois,” Blagojevich said in response to questions from host Diane Sawyer.

Blagojevich said Winfrey was among the possible replacements he considered for the Senate seat, but that he did not contact her.

"She seemed to be someone who would help Barack Obama in a significant way become president," Blagojevich said. "She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators."

Later, on “The View,” Blagojevich again stated his objections to the impeachment trial and reiterated that the recorded conversations were “taken out of context.”

In an interview with Gayle King on the Sirius XM “Gayle King Show,” Winfrey said she was surprised to hear about her name coming up as a possible Senate appointee.

"If I had been watching as I normally watch from the treadmill, I probably would have fallen off the treadmill," she said.

GateHouse News Service