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Blagojevich Will Be Tried By Illinois Senate

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From those champions of executive probity at Reuters:

Illinois Governor by you.

Rep. Roger L. Eddy, right, votes to recommend the impeachment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the House during an Illinois House Impeachment Committee hearing Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, in Springfield, Ill.

Illinois panel recommends governor’s impeachment

By Michael Conlon and Andrew Stern – Thu Jan 8

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A legislative committee on Thursday recommended the impeachment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, citing widespread abuse of power including allegations he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

If the Illinois House of Representatives votes to accept the recommendation from its investigating committee and impeach Blagojevich, he would be tried in the state Senate and face removal from office if convicted.

The two-term Democrat has denied any wrong-doing. He issued a statement saying the impeachment proceedings "were flawed, biased and did not follow the rules of law. … When the case moves to the Senate, an actual judge will preside over the hearings, and … the outcome will be much different."

The Illinois House could vote as soon as Friday to approve the impeachment. How soon a trial could begin was not clear.

The 21-member House committee — 12 Democrats and nine Republicans — voted unanimously to recommend impeachment and conviction, along with the governor’s removal from office and a ban on his ever holding public office in the state again

The charges were supported by a criminal complaint that detailed conversations laced with profanity culled from two months of court-approved wiretaps on the governor’s phones.

The committee’s report described as "shocking" the governor’s efforts to exchange the Senate appointment for campaign contributions or high-paid jobs for him or his wife…

The impeachment committee’s report cited a litany of transgressions committed by Blagojevich in addition to the criminal charges, which it noted had yet to be proven.

The committee said the governor had "abused his position of trust," side-stepped the Legislature and other governing bodies during his six years in office, made a habit of hiring political supporters and illegally denied outside requests for government information.

Let’s hope the trial is televised, so we can get to know everyday Democrat machine politics firsthand.

And we can also get an idea of the kind of change we will be enjoying for the next eight years.

  Update!

From Reuters:

Illinois House votes to impeach governor

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois House of Representatives on Friday impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was accused of abuse of power including an attempt to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 114 to one to impeach the two-term Democrat, clearing the way for a trial in the state Senate, where conviction by two-thirds of its members would result in his removal from office.

Rep. Barbara Currie, a Chicago Democrat who headed the inquiry committee that recommended impeachment, told the House Blagojevich had betrayed the public trust, "a public servant who has chosen not to serve the public … who has betrayed his oath of office … who is not fit to govern."

Let the circus begin.

  Update!

From the Associated Press:

Ill. Court says Burris doesn’t need 2nd signature

CHICAGO – The Illinois Supreme Court says Secretary of State Jesse White doesn’t need to sign Roland Burris’ appointment to the U.S. Senate to make it valid.

The ruling says no Illinois official has to do anything further to validate the appointment made by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Burris was refused President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat this week in part because Senate Democratic leaders said his paperwork was incomplete without White’s signature.

The state Supreme Court says nothing in state law requires White to sign the appointment…

Alas, Mr. Reid is left with no way out.

Senator Burris will be seated.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Blagojevich Will Be Tried By Illinois Senate”

  1. proreason says:

    If there is a “trial”, it will be secret, but Blago would probably tell all to the press anyway if he is actually impeached, so the chances of it happening are pretty low.

    He can bring down the entire Illinois government if he chooses to do so.

    • JohnMG says:

      You’re right, pr. This whole thing was fixed several weeks ago when Fitzgerald elected to go public with the investigation. All we’ll see from here on out will be an illusion of our judicial system at work with the results having been pre-determined behind the closed doors of corrupt politicians.

    • Enthalpy says:

      I’m afraid you are right on this, but we can hope that both the government and press live up to their normal behavior and leak like sieves, particularly if the trial lasts for a long time.

  2. proreason says:

    “a public servant who has chosen not to serve the public … who has betrayed his oath of office … who is not fit to govern”

    I didn’t read the headline, and thought I was reading a commentary on the U.S. Congress, and the president-select.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    I expect that this will disappear somehow – we can’t have anyone who could actually do some damage to The One ™ – so the least that will happen is that everyone will drag their respective feet until after the Immaculate Inauguration. Most likely – it will be done in the dark of night – to stop casting any more problems for the most corrupt state government in the US – and of course it’s (in)famous son – the President-elect.

  4. Steve says:

    Fox News is reporting that the Illinois Supreme Court has just ruled that IL’s Secretary Of State does not need to sign Burris’ documents.

    So Burris will be seated for sure. (No matter what Reid has said in the past.)

    • 1sttofight says:

      So I can declare myself the senator from Ill. and get away with it? Kool…

    • proreason says:

      Race trumps everything.

      Rangel will walk.

      Cooler Jefferson walked.

      JJJ will skip.

      Obamy is as pure as virgin snow.

      It’s a miracle somebody finally got to OJ.

    • Steve says:

      “So I can declare myself the senator from Ill. and get away with it? ”

      Well, you first have to be appointed by the governor. As Burris was.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Who says I was not appointed by the Gov.

      I have the canceled check to prove it.

    • 1laidbackRN says:

      Surprise, Surprise…… Same ole liberal BS. “I was against him, before I was for him….” Did anyone really doubt that he would be seated?

      Now if he or Blago would have been a conservative, what would the result have been?

  5. UndercoverInLA says:

    No way Blago will blab — at least not if he wants to live.

  6. pdsand says:

    I anticipate any criminal charge that might come of this being dismissed due to a combination of the wiretap magically being disallowed as evidence, and the failure of the U.S. Congress to foresee this specific circumstance and pass a law specifically making it a crime to attempt to nominate a particular person as U.S. Senator in exchange for personal gain.

  7. pdsand says:

    He might get removed from office in this impeachment proceedings, but that doesn’t mean he won’t turn right around and take over for Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News. No way a little thing like corrupt Democrat politics prevents this guy’s star from rising.

  8. retire05 says:

    I wonder if the MSM will clamor to have the Illinois Senate impeachment hearings made public? And where are they going to get their information from? Is Fitz going to release all the information he may have on Blago, including tape recordings of the Reid/Blago conversation that occured just two days before Blago was arrested?

    Now, if anyone thinks that Blago, the second most consumate Illinois politician, is just going to go down in flames without taking someone with him, I really don’t think you understand that this man has the cajones of King Kong. He just threw a dozen eggs on Harry Reid’s face and is going to watch them dry.

    Chicago, and Illinois, is not like any other area in our nation. Everyone is connected, one way or another. And if Blago is facing 10 to 20, don’t think he is not going to pull out the Obama card. If given a choice between his “How I Took Down A Sitting President – Blagogate” book deal and facing being Bubba’s BoyToy In The Big House, which would you take?

    My guess is he will never be legally impeached, and removed from office, unless Fitz is ready to reveal all he has to the Illinois senate and there is a reason Fitz has requesed, and received, another 90 day extension before he seeks an indictment against Blago. It’s called “job security” and making sure The Annointed One is annointed.

    Ever wonder why Fitz asked for, and received, a posponement on Rezko being sentenced? That little Syrian bird is singing like a canary. That is where Fitz is getting most of his information on Blago, and wanna guess who else?

    Blago specifically mentioned (in hostile terms) Rahm Emanuel today in his presser. Dot……..to………dot……to……dot

  9. heykev says:

    As someone who lives in Cook County, corruption is something I am all too familiar with. Somehow whenever a politician decides to retire one of their children is somehow the best choice to replace them. There is as much nepotism in Illinois politics as there is corruption. A short list of these would include Todd Stroger, Lisa Madigan, Jesse Jackson and his wife whose a Chicago City Councilwoman.

    Sadly, corruption is not limited to the Democrats. Two Republican governors have/are serving time in Federal prison. It seems that every Politician has their hands out for some sort of pay to play. We’ve found boxes of cash in their shoe boxes, Ryan somehow didn’t have any personal expenses for years and years….and on it goes. Evan quasi-government is corrupt. My grandfather explained to me how he voted to have toll roads in Illinois only because they would tolls until the roads were paid for. Somehow, they have been there for 50 years, and these roads are still not paid for and are major source of corruption of all kinds.

    So almost everywhere we look, there is corruption, pay for play, nepotism., etc. so we as voters have become jaded. Personally, I would like to see amendments to both the Illinois and Federal constitutions for term limits.

  10. Odie44 says:

    Didn’t Michelle Obama receive a pay bump/new job each and every time Bambi stole a new job?

    Wasn’t Bambi’s associations with Rezko, Wright, Ayers “mere aquiantances”?

    Didn’t Bambi and his team claim “we had no contact with Blago”?

    Hmm, seems the charges against Blago ring a familiar tune. Skin color enhanced, of course…


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