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Prosecutor limits Blagojevich impeachment probe

Blagojevich (UPI file photo, Bill Greenblatt)


Springfield, Ill. – Federal prosecutors are asking the Illinois House impeachment committee not to dig into criminal charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In a letter released Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the panel could "significantly compromise" his investigation by interviewing Blagojevich aides about possible crimes.

Fitzgerald also declined to provide information about his investigation, such as the identities of people mentioned in a criminal complaint.

But the prosecutor did say he has not ruled out giving the committee copies of Blagojevich conversations caught on wiretaps.

The committee is supposed to recommend whether the full House should ask the Illinois Senate to try the governor.

Members had sent a letter to Fitzgerald asking for guidance on whether to look into the criminal allegations.


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