(CNN) – Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich accused the state Senate Friday of "trampling" his constitutional rights by imposing what he believes are unlawful restrictions in his upcoming impeachment trial, scheduled to begin Monday.
Blagojevich, who is facing federal corruption charges, asked the editorial boards of Illinois' largest newspapers - including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times - to weigh in on his behalf and "urge the Senate to change the rules."
"I believe everyone is entitled to a fair hearing," Blagojevich said at a Chicago press conference. The trial is a "violation of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans ... If they can do this to a governor, they can do this to any citizen in Illinois."
Blagojevich specifically asked for a change in a Senate trial rule which he said is preventing him from calling witnesses such as Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel, claimed Blagojevich, agrees that he did not break any laws.
Blagojevich also contested a rule which he claimed does not allow him to challenge the basic assertions in the state House impeachment report.