January 9th, 2009
03:29 PM ET
14 years ago

Blago pledges to fight 'every step of the way'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/09/art.blagolive.cnn.jpg caption=" Watch the event on CNN.com/live."]CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Hours after being impeached by an overwhelming vote in the Illinois House of Representatives, a defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich proclaimed Friday that he was not guilty of impeachable offenses and would fight "every step of the way."

He declared he would be "properly exonerated... at the end of the day." Blagojevich was impeached by the state House by a vote of 114 to 1. Three members did not vote.

The question of whether to remove Blagojevich from office now moves to the state Senate, which will conduct a trial of the embattled governor. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required to convict and expel Blagojevich from office.

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