Blago to Senate: Tapes Show No Criminal Behavior

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 11:31 AM CST
Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval, and Sen. John Sullivan, listen to wire tap tapes, Jan. 27, 2009 during Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial on the Senate floor at the Illinois State Capitol.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich gave a passionate defense of himself at his Illinois Senate impeachment trial today, saying he had done “absolutely nothing wrong,” and reiterating his grievances—that he wasn’t allowed to bring witnesses, and that there is no real evidence against him, save for the infamous wiretap recordings. “There was no criminal activity on those four tapes,” Blagojevich argued. “Those four tapes speak for themselves.”

Those conversations, he said, were “the kinds of things all of us in politics do.” Blagojevich said he understood that this was a political, rather than a criminal proceeding, but “I’m appealing to you and your sense of fairness,” he said. “I can’t imagine how you can possibly throw me out of office for something that wasn’t shown that I did.” Summing up, he told senators he might have pushed too hard on some things he wanted to accomplish for the people, but "the means were legal and, in most cases, the ends were moral."