Thursday, January 29, 2009
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been convicted in impeachment trial and removed from office.
During a 47-minute closing argument today, Blagojevich insisted
he had done nothing wrong. He told senators that they hadn't proved
he committed any crimes -- and that it's because he didn't commit
He acknowledged that he sometimes mingled campaign fundraising
with government decisions, and that he cut administrative corners
to achieve his goals. But he said his motivation was always to help
The governor also said the conversations that were captured in
FBI wiretaps reflected something that every politician does "in
order to run campaigns and win elections."
But impeachment prosecutor David Ellis painted a far different
picture. He said Blagojevich's words reveal an abuse of power. And
he said Blagojevich could have defended himself during the trial by
answering questions under oath -- but that instead, he chose to
give a speech at the end.