St. Louis Public Radio News
9:39 am
Tue January 6, 2009

Blagojevich impeachment panel may finish work before getting FBI tapes

Chicago – Attorneys said Monday that the Illinois House impeachment panel weighing evidence against Rod Blagojevich may finish its work before getting any tapes of the governor made secretly by the FBI.

The impeachment panel is racing to complete its job, possibly by the end of this week.

But the efforts of federal prosecutors to give the panel some of the FBI tapes are facing a potential obstacle course in court that could take up several weeks.

Blagojevich is accused with a scheme to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama's election as president.

He says he hasn't done anything wrong.

Prosecutors propose to provide the impeachment panel with a few minutes of the extensive recordings the FBI made of the governor talking with aides and others.