Blagojevich Indicted Today on 19 Federal Counts
From a source close to the case: Former Dem Governor Rod Blagojevich will be indicted today.
Chicago Breaking News has more:
The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says that later today it is announcing developments in a “significant criminal matter.” Sources familiar with the situation said the announcement is expected to be the indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and others on corruption charges.
The office announced it will issue a press release and make a court filing available late this afternoon. There will be no press conference.
Blagojevich, 52, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with engaging in pay-to-play politics in a sweeping federal complaint that accused him of trading state jobs, contracts and regulatory favors for campaign contributions.
An earlier criminal complaint charged Blagojevich with attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama and dangling the prospect of state help for the sale of Wrigley Field in return for the firing of Tribune editorial writers.
More… Republican gubernatorial candidate ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI released the following statement:
April 2nd, 2009—Elmhurst, Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Office of District Attorney of the Northern District will announce “developments in a “significant criminal matter.””
“The most significant thing about today’s announcement,” said Andrzejewski, “is that it doesn’t fix any of the problems that continue to plague Illinois. The processes and institutions that gave us Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan are still in place, and the people of Illinois deserve something better than more poor leadership from the same cast of characters”
UPDATE: Blagojevich indicted on 19 federal counts.
The AP reported:
A sweeping federal indictment charges former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with scheming to auction off President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, pressuring a congressman for campaign money and lying to FBI agents.
The 19-count indictment handed down Thursday against Blagojevich and others also alleges billions of dollars in state pension bonds were refinanced in exchange for the promise of a massive kickback, among other crimes.
Others indicted included the former governor’s brother, his one-time chief fundraiser and his former chief of staff.
FBI agents arrested the Chicago Democrat in December. Illinois lawmakers impeached him and threw him out of office in January.