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(CNN) - The embattled former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is using a new medium to declare his innocence as his federal criminal trial gets underway.
The Democrat is now on Twitter, CNN has confirmed.
Blagojevich, who was removed from office by the state legislature in January 2009, is now facing criminal corruption charges.
Authorities have accused Blagojevich and his inner circle of a near-constant conspiracy of extortion and kickbacks after his 2002 election.
He has repeatedly denied any suggestion of wrongdoing.
On Twitter, Blagojevich goes by the handle @governorrod and Blagojevich spokesman Glenn Selig confirmed to CNN that the account belongs to the former governor.
In the bio on his Twitter profile page Blagojevich proclaims that he's "innocent of all charges" and requests that users of the popular microblogging service to "Follow my campaign to clear my name."
Opening statements in Blagojevich's trial are set to begin Tuesday. The trial could feature White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Both have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the case, according to a senior administration official.
"[L]ooking forward to opening statements because that will unlock the truth... stay tuned," Blagojevich tweeted Monday.