December 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
14 years ago

U.S. attorney: Blagojevich has taken us to 'new low'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald held a press conference Tuesday."]CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Hours after federal investigators announced they had arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff on corruption charges, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declared Tuesday a "sad day for government."

"Gov. Blagojevich has taken us to a new low," he said. "This conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave."

Fitzgerald said the government had bugged the governor's campaign office and placed a tap on his home phone.

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soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Look you dirt bag republicans, this guy didn't kill anybody. Your guy, George W. is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innoncent people. War monger then, War monger, now, this is a right wing fascist plot to try to destroy the hope of many Americans.

    December 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Sensible One


    You have no brains or i forgot, you are a repug.. blago's arrest has nothing to do with Obama.. wana talk corruption and innapropriate behavior... well.. there is Sen Stevens (R), Ex Gov of Illinois Ryan (R), Sen. Tom Delay (R), State Sen. Cowdery (R), Lobbyist Jack Abramoff (R) and friends, Rep. Lewis (R-Ca), Rep. V. Fossella (R), Rep. Mark Foley (R), Sen Craig (R aka Perv)....i can go on and on and on.... and the same goes for democrats.. there is corruption EVERYWHERE...

    Leave pres elect O out of this mess... read the indictment.. no where is pres elect name mentioned as a suspect, enabler, co-conspirator...

    Save your bile for a rainy day because you have time to do so.. you have 8 yrs

    December 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Wendy NC

    In light of the derrogatory comments this governor made about Obama, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the transition team, especially one top advisor, cooperated in this investigation. I think the comments made during the taped phone calls will reveal that Blago had a very bad view of Obama, since he would only offer "appreciation" in exchange for a Senate pick.

    December 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Debby, NJ

    Put him in a prison cell next to OJ.
    Time for these clowns to start serving time!!

    December 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Soccer Nana


    Like it or not, President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He will be sworn in on January 20, 2009; you can take that to the bank.

    nclaw441, the present governor is a democrat; he will soon be in jail with the REPUBLICAN governor he replaced. Satisified?

    December 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    This guy compared to George W. looks like Mother Teresa. Why isn't this fed. prosecutor (subject of George W. Bush) going after his boss, Every heard of keeping your own doorsteps clean before you start cleaning up somebody else's. Hypocrits,

    December 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Al, NY NY

    Mark. That's president Obama to you. Deal with it. You and your conspiracy fanatics can postulate and fabricate all you want. Barack Hussein Obama is your president

    December 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Kim J

    They have been investigating this guy since he got into office, and he replaced a convicted governor. Seems like Illinois voters lean toward wanting sleazy guys in office.

    December 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Ken in Dallas

    So much for the presumption of innocence, eh?

    Needless to say, if the charges stick, Blagojevich should go away for a long time, and NEVER again hold a position of public trust.

    December 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. poochie

    There is nothing shady about President-Elect Obama. If there was it would have been made public during either the primary election or the general election. There is no connection between President-Elect Obama and Gov. Blagojevich. Maybe you should question why George W. Bush is trying to rewrite his legacy.

    December 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. karen raleigh

    How sad!!!!

    December 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Jimmie Johnson

    Obama has been a U.S. Senator before Blagojevich was Governor.
    He has no ties with Blagojevich's administration. Quit trying to
    make something out of nothing. He has known to stay clear of
    this Governor.

    December 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Rick

    You've been taped Governor. Your offer is accepted. I'm glad you can appreciate the US Attorney's effort. Now go join your predecessor in the pokey.

    December 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. obama-mama

    Mark you're funny

    December 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Chris

    Mark: don't be an idiot. And nclaw331, What's the party got to do with it? There are plenty of Republican low-life criminal politicians around as well.

    This guy is a greedy, power-hungry jerk, who, if found guilty should spend a ton of years at the toughest prison they've got in IL.

    December 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. carol

    Yet another idiot and greed filled jerk, how stupid can you get and how does that look for the Obama team!!!
    I can imagine Obama would be really mad about this latest act of idiocy.
    I don't care which side of the isle they come from they should be punished accordingly for their mistakes.
    Time to clean house when Obama is the President, no time for these kind of folks in his administration.

    December 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Justin, Buffalo, NY

    To Mark: so far I have heard nothing tying this guy to Obama other than the fact its his vacant Senate seat thats in the middle of this so don't start jumping to conclusions. I realize those of you still sore over the election are just itching to paint Pres-elect Obama as some sort of villian but it won't happen. The Rezko connection is flimsy at best and your supposed connection to Blagojevich does not exist (at least not thats come out yet). Whatever this guy's party is he needs to go to jail obviously. You repubs try to paint all dems as crooks and the dems do the same to the repubs. There are criminals and unethical people on both sides just like there are truly good people. Stop with the finger pointing nonsense.

    December 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. JIM...TX

    @ Mark..."shady Senator" and soon to be YOUR President. POST THAT 🙂

    December 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Lisa V

    This guy sure seems to go after them, Republican and Democrats alike. (I just read his bio.) I wish he would avoid partisan language, though, but maybe I'm interpretting his comment incorrectly.

    December 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Jim

    Maybe the Governor will take the Bush/Cheney approach and claim
    executive privilege and not let his aides testify. I'm sure Fitzgerald would go along with that just like he did with Scooter's trial.

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. coldwar vet ~ cal

    Someone blew the whistle on this guy, or the order came from someone at the federal level. Who authorized the FBI wire-tapping? Who could benefit from it?

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Liberal in Los Angeles, CA

    Fitzgerald, don't you think that's a tap bit! Regardless if he's a dem or rep, he broke the law and should pay for his wrong doing. The sad day for our government was Pres. Bush. Folks, get over the fact that McCain didn't win!!

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Why is it that there are shady characters all around Obama, but he manages to slip away each time? Wright, Ayers, Rezko, and now Blagojevich. All this smoke and no fire? Get serious.

    December 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Rob

    You can rant and rave all that you want, Mark. There is no proof that President Elect Obama (yes, President Elect) was involved in anything illegal. Of course, reality means nothing to you so the meaningless rants will continue.

    December 9, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. earle,woodstock,vt.

    Sorry,but US Attorney Fitzgerald seems always to gravitate around highly charged-publicized investigations. Not suprisingly they always turn out to be costly to the taxpayers(and irrevalent ), ie.) Scooter Libbey, the guy was pardon-me by guess who? Now co-incidently Senators Obama seat is up for grabs,and we find it ,"a sad day for government"! Come on ,let's get real, Louisiana's US Rep. Jefferson (Dem) gets caught with a block of frozen money valued at $100,000 in his congressional office, and no one(federal prosicutors/FBI,etc.) couldn't get his (never mind any criminal charges) resignation. I'll even go one up with US Senator Feinstein (Dem. Calif.) on the finance co-chair commitee for the ,"Defense Department Appropriations",steered government contracts directly to her husbands contracting/construction business,(when asked to resign her seat to the senate she blatantly said,NO!) and now,you tell me this is a sad day,....

    December 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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