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The Illinois House committee investigating the possibility of impeaching Gov. Rod Blagojevich reconvenes Monday.
Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson is expected to take center stage. He said Sunday he plans to submit President-elect Barack Obama’s internal report on contacts with the governor to the panel.
Genson says the report will support the governor’s claims that he did nothing wrong in his handling of Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
All the report really shows is that Blagojevich wasn’t insane enough to directly offer a pay to play to Team Obama. BFC is right…
State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, chairwoman of the committee, said Sunday that Genson’s request to submit the report would probably be approved. But she expressed skepticism that the report would prove the governor’s innocence.
“Maybe in this particular instance someone didn’t run a stop sign, but it doesn’t say they didn’t run a different stop sign,” she said.
* Meanwhile, I’ve been telling subscribers about this, um, unfortunate convergence for a couple of weeks or so…
Embattled Gov. Blagojevich is supposed to be in federal court on Jan. 14 in Chicago. He also has the constitutional duty that day to preside over the state Senate in Springfield as new members are sworn in.
The clash between the governor’s duties and his legal problems promises to get interesting. The state Constitution requires the governor to be in the Capitol to run the Senate until its members elect a president.
But Blagojevich is also required to show up for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there’s probable cause for the case against him to proceed.
Then there’s the budget address, scheduled for February 18th. The State of the State address is not yet scheduled, but Blagojevich often combines the SOTS with the budget speech.
* Fitzgerald asks panel not to subpoena Obama aides
* Blagojevich’s lawyer to submit internal report to impeachment panel
* Blagojevich attorney to submit Obama report
* More pieces to Senate seat puzzle
* Where the impeachment process stands today
* Governor can handle double duty
* Sen. Rutherford meets with FBI