Blagojevich Impeached; Matter Heads to State Senate

Posted January 9, 2009 at 12:26pm

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was impeached by the state House on Friday, according to multiple local news sources. The matter now goes before the Illinois Senate. In a statement responding to Thursday’s unanimous House committee vote, the governor’s office said the impeachment proceedings were “flawed, biased and did not follow the rules of the law.” “His team was not allowed to subpoena witnesses, they were never allowed to cross examine people and never given the chance to put on any kind of defense,” Blagojevich’s press office said. “In all, the Governor’s rights to due process were deprived. When the case moves to the Senate, an actual judge will preside over the hearings, and the Governor believes the outcome will be much different.” Blagojevich has scheduled a press conference at 3 p.m. EST in Chicago to make an additional statement. Former Attorney General Roland Burris (D), whom Blagojevich appointed to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate, testified in the proceedings.