St. Louis Public Radio News
10:24 am
Fri January 23, 2009

Blagojevich may sue to stop impeachment trial, compares arrest to Pearl Harbor attack

Chicago – A lawyer for Rod Blagojevich says the Illinois governor may ask the courts to block his impeachment trial in the state Senate.

Attorney Samuel Adam said a lawsuit challenging what he called "completely unfair" Senate trial rules is being prepared and could be filed within days, pending a final decision on whether to move forward.

Blagojevich's trial is set to begin Monday.

The governor said he has no intention of mounting a defense unless the trial rules are changed to allow his defense witnesses.

Blagojevich compared his arrest by FBI agents December 9 to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor 67 years and two days earlier.

He said it was a "complete surprise," and will prevail, as the United States did in World War II.


Blagojevich said there's no chance he'll resign before the start of his impeachment trial.

He said he'll fight the allegations against him "to the very end."

Among other things, the Democrat is accused of scheming to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.