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Ill. gov. lawyer: Tapes don't show illegal actions

Ill. gov. lawyer: Tapes don't show illegal actions

The lawyer for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says federal wiretaps may have caught the governor making some "unfortunate" remarks, but they don't show him doing anything that justifies impeachment.
Attorney Ed Genson told a House committee Monday that there's no evidence the governor took any action to auction off a U.S. Senate seat or pressure the Chicago Tribune to fire its editorial writers.
Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on federal corruption charges. The criminal complaint includes snippets from Blagojevich conversations that were caught on tape.
Genson says the conversations are "unfortunate talk, talk that shouldn't have been made perhaps. But not actions."
The committee will recommend whether the full House should vote on impeachment.


Updated : 2021-06-12 19:19 GMT+08:00