Panel Ends Meeting to Discuss Impeaching Gov. Blagojevich

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ An Illinois House panel's unprecedented meeting to decide whether to impeach scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich is over for the day.

The bipartisan committee was to discuss how the panel will operate and review claims against Blagojevich.

But chairwoman and Democratic Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago agreed to resume the hearing Wednesday to allow for Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson to attend.

Currie also says she's awaiting a response from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald about whether the panel will be allowed to hear testimony from certain witnesses without compromising Fitzgerald's case against Blagojevich.

Blagojevich was arrested last week on federal corruption charges, accused of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.

The committee is to make a recommendation on whether to impeach to the full House, which then would decide whether to file charges against the governor. The Senate would hold hearings and ultimately rule.

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