Ill. Governor To Speak At Impeachment Trial

After days of bashing the impeachment trial that could remove him from office, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to address the assembly today.

His request to speak shocked the Senate when it was announced. Until now, Blagojevich has boycotted the proceedings, calling them biased and unconstitutional. Lawmakers don't know what to expect. Defiance? Anger? A resignation announcement?

Lake Forest Democratic Senator Susan Garrett says she is on pins and needles waiting to hear what the governor has to say.

Blagojevich will not testify, which would have involved taking an oath and answering questions from the prosecutor and senators. Instead, he will deliver a closing statement.

Elmhurst Republican Senator Dan Cronin is calling Blagojevich's decision against taking questions "cowardly, but consistent with the way he has governed."


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