Blagojevich's Lawyer Speaks Before Impeachment Committee
By: Heartland News & AP
Lawyer Ed Genson told a legislative panel Wednesday that federal investigators may have recorded the governor's conversations, but the words don't amount to illegal actions.
Speaking before the impeachment committee, Genson characterized the tapes simply as "people jabbering."
The Democratic governor was arrested last week on charges that, among other things, he was scheming to benefit from his power to appoint a U.S. senator.
Genson says there's no evidence that Blagojevich ever actually made any demands in exchange for a Senate appointment.
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Obama also said at a news conference Thursday -- as he's said before -- that he had no discussions about the seat he is vacating with the Democratic governor.
Blagojevich arrested by federal agents this week in connection with an alleged corruption scheme.
Obama reiterated that he was, quote "as appalled and disappointed as anyone" by the allegations of the governor's actions.
He says he's never spoken to the governor about his Senate replacement and again called on the governor to resign. He says he doesn't see a way that Blagojevich can be effective as governor.