Friday, December 19, 2008
Reported by: Colin Seiler
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich talked publicly for the first time about the accusations against him.
Last week, he was arrested on fraud and bribery charges, accused of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.
State lawmakers spent another day in committee hearings, considering his impeachment. But the governor said he is not backing down.
“I’m here to tell you right off the bat, I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, that I intend to stay on the job, and that I will fight this thing every step of the way,” Blagojevich said.
Federal agents have taped conversations they said are clear evidence of the governor soliciting bribes and abusing the power of his office. But, his lawyers said they were illegally obtained and are being used out of context.