Caught on Tape: Blagojevich's Trial

Wiretap tapes haunt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at trial.

ByABC News
June 23, 2010, 4:39 PM

June 24, 2010— -- Outside a courthouse in Chicago today, chatty ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich couldn't resist his admirers. But inside, he faced a tougher crowd: federal prosecutors playing FBI wiretaps that they said show that he schemed to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat in 2008.

On the tapes, Blagojevich asked, "What [do you] honestly think I might get a shot at getting?"

In return, Blagojevich told a top aide that he wants to be in Obama's Cabinet. Blagojevich goes on to ponder what Cabinet seat he would want in the Obama administration.

"How about Health and Human Services, can I get that?" he asked. "Whatever cabinet position would not be stupid. How about U.N ambassador? Ridiculous?"

Blagojevich didn't stop there.

He asked where he should serve as ambassador -- Germany, England, France, Canada?

The wiretaps played in court showed that the guessing game became a family affair, involving Blagojevich's wife, Patti.

"We think that ambassador to India is the best choice," she said.

Worried about how much an ambassadorship would pay, Patti eased her husband's concerns.

"I don't think it pays very much, but then you've got a house, right?" she said.