Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is proclaiming his innocence and vowing to fight his indictment.
Blagojevich said in a statement Thursday he is saddened and hurt by the charges leveled against him.
He is asking the people of Illinois to be patient and learn all the fact before they cast judgment on him.
The ousted governor and five others, including his brother, were indicted Thursday with a wide-ranging scheme. Allegations included plotting to auction off President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate set, pressuring a congressman for campaign money and lying to FBI agents.