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Illinois Senate removes impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich

The so called kangaroo courtor  Illinois Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to remove impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges in December. Federal authorities allege, among other things, that he was trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that became vacant after Barack Obama was elected president. After the governor’s arrest, the state House voted overwhelmingly to impeach him.

A second vote, to prevent him from holding future state office, also passed unanimously.

Earlier, the two-term Democratic governor — who avoided the first three days of his trial, opting instead for a national media blitz — gave a closing argument to the Senate. He said he had done nothing wrong.

Raw Video: Blagojevich Kangaroo Court Impeachment Trial Opens

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared his innocence Monday, calling the Illinois State Senate impeachment proceedings a “kangaroo court.”

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday called the state Senate’s impeachment proceedings against him a “kangaroo court,” telling FOX News’ Geraldo Rivera that “What’s happening to me is unimaginable.”<1>

Blagojevich called on Illinois lawmakers to allow him to call witnesses to clear him of any wrongdoing.

In his first cable news interview since his arrest last November for allegedly trying to sell President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, Blagojevich hammered away at the process that could remove him from office.

player_playClick here to see Geraldo’s interview with Governor Blagojevich.

“I’m here talking to Americans to let them know what’s happening in the land of Lincoln,” Blagojevich (D) told ABC’s Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America.” “I’ve done nothing wrong.”<2>

“It’s a kangaroo court and they’ve decided, essentially, to do a hanging without even a fair trial,” Blagojevich said on NBC’s “Today Show.”

Illinois House Impeaches Governor Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impeach Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Friday morning on the grounds of abuse of power as the state’s chief executive. He is the first governor in Illinois’s history to be impeached, and his case now goes to the state Senate for trial.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/10/us/politics/10illinois.html?_r=1&hp

The House deliberated less than an hour and a half before voting 114 to 1 to oust the governor, just one day after a 21-member House investigative committee unanimously recommended impeachment. The only member to vote against impeachment was Milton Patterson, a Democrat from Chicago. No one spoke up to defend Mr. Blagojevich.

The last governor to be impeached was Evan Mecham of Arizona, who was removed from office in 1988 after serving 15 months.

Mr. Blagojevich, 52, was jogging in his Chicago neighborhood when the vote came down. He has scheduled a press

conference this afternoon.

Legislators spent the morning discussing the merits of the case against Mr. Blagojevich, the two-term Democrat who

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CNN: Committee wants Blagojevich impeach

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Panel recommends Blagojevich impeachment

Panel recommends Blagojevich impeachment

An Illinois legislative committee voted unanimously today to recommend the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged he had tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. The issue now heads to the full state House of Representatives, which will consider it Friday. developing story

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/08/illinois.governor.impeachment/index.html

Blagojevich was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he tried to sell the Senate seat President-elect Barack Obama vacated.

The issue will now be taken up by the full Illinois state House of Representatives.

“Today is the day that we begin to give back democracy to the people of the state of Illinois,” Democratic Rep. Jack Franks said as he cast his “aye” vote.

Blagojevich “has been AWOL and derelict of his duties. He has abused his powers, and he has brought shame to this great state,” Franks said.

“I believe that Rod Blagojevich is a liar, and I believe he is a thief,” Franks said. “He has stolen the trust of the people.”

The committee heard testimony Thursday afternoon from Roland Burris, the man Blagojevich appointed to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Burris denied any quid pro quo with Blagojevich for his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Burris, former attorney general for Illinois, is not accused of engaging in “pay-to-play” politics with Blagojevich.

Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing and has rejected calls for his resignation.

Judiciary Committee Head Rigs Bush Impeachment Hearings

Kucinich may be barred from reading impeachment articles at impeachment hearing.

Dennis Kucinich spoke exclusively to the Alex Jones show yesterday concerning his effort to bring articles of impeachment against the president and the vice president. Listen to Alex Jones show. Continue reading