Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) Tuesday afternoon became upset at the prosecution in his corruption trial, calling them "liars" and "cowards."

Blagojevich wants the full content of undercover tapes of him played in court, but so far, the U.S. Attorneys have denied the request.

"I'm here today to issue a challenge," Blagojevich said. "I challenge Mr. Fitzgerald. Why don't you show up in court tomorrow and explain to everybody. Explain to the whole world. Why you don't want those tapes that you made played in court. I'll be in court tomorrow. I hope you're man enough to be in court too."

Blagojevich, who was removed from office early last year and barred from ever again holding political office in Illinois, has long-claimed that the tapes will exonerate him.

The ex-governor also lashed out at the prosecution for including details about his wife involvement in the allegations.

"Last week in their proffer of lies they're hitting below the belt and now attacking my wife," Blagojevich said. "They are cowards and they are liars. Patti is a devoted mother, she's a loving wife, she's a licensed professional, she is capable, she is confident ... and all the money that she earned she paid taxes on."

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