ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ARRESTED BY THE FEDS
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The Governor of Illinois and his Chief of Staff were arrested by the FBI today on charges that they and others were engaged in ongoing criminal activity. Governor Rod Blagojevich is accused of putting up Barack Obama's Senate seat up to the highest bidder. He's also accused of trying to shake down the Tribune Company on its sale of Wrigley Field. The accusations are spelled out in a 76-page affidavit.
"Governor Blagojevich has taken us to new lows. The most appalling conduct ... is that he attempted to sell the Senate seat,'' said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in a press conference. "It is conduct that would make [President] Lincoln roll over in his grave."
Federal agents taped the governor's conversations with advisors. In one of them, Blagojevich said he wanted "to make money'' on the Obama senate appointment. "I have got this thing and it's [bleeping] golden," he said on the tape.
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