January 23rd, 2009
08:35 AM ET
9 years ago

Blagojevich says he's the victim of a plot

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(CNN) – Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is speaking out about efforts to oust him from office.

“This is politics,” Blagojevich reportedly told Chicago radio station WLS-AM 890. “This is about raising taxes. [Democratic Lt. Gov.] Pat Quinn has cut a deal with Democratic leaders . . . . It’s all about getting rid of me to raise taxes on people,” Blagojevich also reportedly said.

The embattled governor did not specifically address the charges against him but did apologize for using the profanity captured on federal wiretap recordings of his telephone conversations. “If I knew they were listening, I wouldn’t have used those words,” he reportedly said.

Blagojevich has been under a cloud since U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald revealed a federal corruption investigation into his actions - including an alleged plan to try to exchange an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama for political and other favors.

Despite the charges against him, Blagojevich named former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace Obama. Burris was eventually sworn in as the junior senator from Illinois after assuring Democratic leaders that he had not given Blagojevich anything in exchange for the appointment to Obama’s seat.

Blagojevich is currently set to go to trial in the Illinois state Senate after being impeached by the Illinois House.

WLS said Friday that it is prepared to offer Blagojevich his own show if he was willing to resign from office rather than standing for him impeachment trail.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Concerned Democrat.

    Considering we have seen that he has not been charged with any crime......add to that the fact that the Attorney General has request an additional 90 day to put together a case, because apparently he didn't have enough evidence to do that previously..................

    No wonder Americans are starting to believe him.

    It seems corruption is wide spread in Illinois and now the State Senate is making us question their honesty and judgment in this whole process.

    They should let Gov. Blogo call his witnesses and allow him every opportunity that would be allowed in a court system so that there is NO DOUBT about the fairness and honesty of the Impeachment hearings.

    Right now the State Senate is the one that is looking bad!

    Whether we like him or not.....he deserves a FAIR system.....because that is what we deserve as well.

    January 23, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Randy S.

    Blago's right, it's all part of a nefarious plot by the FBI to catch lawbreakers who use their political clout for personal gain.

    How dare they!

    January 23, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. ROB

    How effective can he now be as a governor when his top priority is to keep his butt from getting removed from office. If he really cared about the people he serves, should he not remove himself from office so that the state can be properly governed.? As of right now, the job of governor in Illinois is not being performed sufficiently and thus things are not going to get done, which will only hurt the state of Illinois.

    January 23, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Erik

    I hear there's a witch hunt in Chicago. Grab your pitch fork and gather all your republican good old boys. Last I remember Fitzgerald was letting Cheyney off the hook for treason...

    January 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. V

    This guy is news, all by himself. He has to go. Who he is kidding? Too many press conference to explain the samething over and over. Now he wants the press to do the homework his lawyers suppose to do.

    January 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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