Blagojevich recordings on tap for senators today

Doug Finke
State Sen. Dale Risinger (R-Peoria), left, listens to testimony during the first-ever impeachment trial of an Illinois Governor, which began in the Illinois Senate Jan. 26. One of the first orders of business, after convening the Senate as an impeachment tribunal, was for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald to acknowledge that the Governor did not appear and to enter a plea of "not guilty" on his behalf. The Senate then began accepting the motions, evidence and other documents filed by the House Prosecutor.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s own words will provide the basis for removing him from office, impeachment prosecutor David Ellis told the Illinois Senate on Monday.

The Senate will hear some of those words firsthand today, when recordings of some Blagojevich conversations secretly made by federal investigators are played for senators in the second day of the impeachment trial.

Ellis plans to play the recordings in conjunction with testimony from Daniel Cain, an FBI agent who was involved with making the recordings. Cain will be questioned about a 76-page affidavit he prepared about the recordings. The affidavit was made public in December, when federal agents arrested Blagojevich on federal corruption charges.

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