Impeached Illinois governor vows to continue fighting

January 10th, 2009 - 8:38 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaChicago, Jan 10 (Xinhua) Impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell the US Senate seat vacated by president-elect Barack Obama, vowed to fight every step of the way.Blagojevich said he wasn’t surprised by the impeachment vote.

At a news conference held in downtown Chicago hours after he was impeached by the Illinois House Friday, Blagojevich said he is confident that at the end, he will be properly exonerated.

Having become the first governor in Illinois’ history to be impeached, Blagojevich sought to portray himself as a governor fighting to expand health care and availability of affordable prescription drugs against an Illinois House that stood in the way.

“The House is impeaching me for that? Is that an impeachable offense?” Blagojevich asked.

The House impeached Blagojevich Friday on a wide array of offenses, including criminal corruption and wasting taxpayers’ money.

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to convene a trial in little more than two weeks, but Blagojevich did not address that issue. He would continue to govern.

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