Panel Resumes Hearings on Blagojevich Impeachment

Associated Press - December 29, 2008 12:53 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The committee studying whether to impeach Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) has resumed its work.

Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson is expected to present his argument for why impeachment would be a mistake.

Genson has said the allegations against the Democratic governor amount to innuendo that isn't supported by the facts. He also says the impeachment committee shouldn't consider the criminal charges filed against Blagojevich.

Genson wants the committee to issue subpoenas for several aides to President-elect Barack Obama. Federal prosecutors object, however, saying that could interfere with their investigation, and the House committee has rejected Genson's request.

The committee may wrap up its fact-finding work this week and issue a recommendation next week.

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