Impeachment Is 'Sham': Blago

Illinois governor says his attorneys are being denied due process
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 4:30 PM CST
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich called his upcoming state Senate impeachment trial a "sham" because he felt the proceedings are unfair.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is being denied due process and accused the Illinois legislature of trying to “thwart the will of the people” by impeaching him, the Chicago Tribune reports. Blagojevich added that he wants to call White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to testify on his behalf, but is unable to subpoena witnesses.

“This is a blatant attempt to muddy the distinction between a criminal court process and the Senate impeachment proceeding and rules,” a state Senate spokeswoman said. Blagojevich missed yesterday’s deadline to request documents, witnesses, and subpoenas, but the House prosecutor got his requests in, she said. “It’s unfortunate that, the day after the deadline, [Blagojevich] chooses to object to that process.”