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|Prosecutor Gives Closing Argument in Blago Impeachment Trial
|Before Gov Rod Blagojevich began his case at his impeachment trial Thursday morning, prosecutor David Ellis made his closing argument. Ellis recounted the evidence of the past three days, laying out what he says is a "pattern of abuse" --enough, he says, to persuade at least 40 senators to vote to remove Blagojevich from office. That vote could come as soon as today.
Ellis referred to the governor's recent television tour, saying Blagojevich is mischaracterizing the Senate trial rules, including the use of the House impeachment record. Ellis added his side is just as hamstrung as the governor is in terms of calling witnesses. Federal prosecutors have told both sides not to call witnesses who are involved in the criminal investigation of the governor.
Blagojevich has said a great deal over the airwaves about his statements being taken "out of context." Ellis said when you hear the governor and a lobbyist talking on tape about "I just left there" and "I just talked to him," no context is necessary -- the governor knows the who and where, and he knows the what is improper.
Blagojevich spoke for about one hour following Ellis' closing argument, after which Ellis will have 30 minutes for rebuttal.
The Senate has adjourned until 1pm, at which time Ellis' rebuttal will begin. Democrat and Republican caucuses in the Senate are meeting as of noon.
The senators' vote may come as soon as this afternoon.
Live Coverage of the Impeachment Trial will begin at 1pm on WGIL and WGIL.com. To listen to coverage on your computer, click on the "Special Events Live Audio Stream" link on the left side of this page.
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