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Panel recommends impeachment

January 9, 2009

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— A key panel unanimously recommended impeachment for Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday, setting up a vote that could make him the first governor to face such a fate in Illinois’ sordid political history.

Blagojevich should lose his job for abusing power, mismanaging government and committing possible criminal acts, including federal allegations he tried to sell off a U.S. Senate seat, the special committee concluded.

The governor’s office issued a statement calling the panel’s proceedings flawed and biased.

The full House could vote as early as this morning. A vote for impeachment would trigger a Senate trial to decide whether the second-term Democrat should be removed from office.

Many on the 21-member special committee called it a sad day for Illinois, but Rep. Bill Black disagreed.

“I think this is a good, glad, happy day for Illinois because it points out that nobody is above the law,” said Black, a Republican. “There have been egregious abuses if half of what we read is true.”

Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing and his office’s statement called the panel’s vote a “foregone conclusion” resulting from proceedings where his team was “never given the chance to put on any kind of defense.”

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scott3460 5 years, 9 months ago

Darn, I thought someone had finally come to their senses about bush/cheney, et al.

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