Published: Jun 28, 2010 6:35 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 28, 2010 3:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) - A secretly made FBI tape shows that former
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich weighed the possibility of naming
Oprah Winfrey to the U.S. Senate seat being left by President
Barack Obama.

Blagojevich was heard on the tape played Monday at his
corruption trial saying Winfrey's name carried so much prestige
that no one could criticize him if he named her to the Senate.

His former chief of staff John Harris, who is on the witness
stand, is heard on the tape saying he didn't know what Winfrey
stood for politically. But the former governor says he knows she is
a Democrat and supported Obama in his race for president. He calls
her a "kingmaker."

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges including that he
schemed to sell or trade Obama's former seat.