Blago to break his silence this week

posted at 1:30 pm on December 17, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

ABC’s Matthew Jaffe reports that Rod Blagojevich plans to hold a press conference this week to take questions about his arrest and the pending impeachment probe in the Illinois state legislature.  Legally, that may not be the smartest strategy around, but politically, Blagojevich has little choice:

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will likely hold a press conference toward the end of this week, ABC News has learned.

The embattled governor, arrested last Tuesday, has yet to respond to charges that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. …

“I can’t wait to begin to tell my side of the story and to address you guys and most importantly the people of Illinois, that’s who I’m dying to talk to,” said the governor.

“There’s a time and place for everything. That day will soon be here and you might know more about that today and no later than tomorrow,” Blagojevich added.

Any defense attorney worth his sheepskin will tell defendants to keep their mouths shut.  Public statements can get used by prosecutors in trials, and excessive talking could also uncover evidence and co-conspirators that investigators missed the first time around.  Lawyers handle the press for their clients to avoid handing gifts to the prosecution, especially in cases of conspiracies and corruption.

However, Blagojevich has decided to keep his job rather than resign in disgrace, which means he has to push hard against attempts to remove him from office.  He took a body blow when the House voted unanimously for impeachment proceedings to start, making his removal a non-partisan issue.  In order to slow that down, Blagojevich has to convince Illinois voters that Patrick Fitzgerald overstepped in filing the complaint and that nothing said on those wiretaps amounted to illegal actions or corruption.

In order to do that, Blagojevich will have to provide explanations for what’s already been released to the public and what may still come out after the grand jury completes its deliberations.  That is dangerous territory for Blagojevich, especially if he has given any statements to investigators already.  If he provides contradictions to interrogation or unwittingly corroborates some of the charges, Fitzgerald will pounce on those statements — as will Blagojevich’s political opponents.

Blagojevich has likely spent the past week trying to build a story for the media that can explain all of this as innocent misunderstandings.  He’d better hope his explanations are airtight — and even then, I doubt he’ll get enough sympathy from Illinois voters to stop the impeachment process.


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I.e., “I know a lot of things and am willing to name names.”

So what’s the over/under on how long he’s going to stay alive?

rbj on December 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Is he going to announce that he purchased $50 in circus tickets?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 17, 2008 at 1:34 PM

“that’s who I’m dying to talk to.”

Not sure if that’s a good choice of words, Blago.

Nevertheless, I’m rootin’ for ya!

misslizzi on December 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM

He’s going to tell the yokels in Illinois that all politicians expect that whoever they support for positions, etc… will support them as well. He will apologize for coming off like a d-bag but will remind them that he has not done anything illegal and that he will fight.

Let us hope his wife isn’t with him or she may grab the mic and tell the assembled press, “You motherf&%^ers will have to drag my dead fuc&^ng corpse out before this dumb f&c*ing coc%#ucker quits.”

grdred944 on December 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM

“I know a lot of things and am willing to name names.”

This is high stakes political blackmail. If he’s going down, he’s obviously going to take as many with him as possible. I hope he’s already been writing/dictating and has the info stashed away.

INC on December 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM

So what’s the over/under on how long he’s going to stay alive?

rbj on December 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Obama will have turned the White House into Showtime at the Apollo and Blago will still be Gov. Make book on that.

grdred944 on December 17, 2008 at 1:36 PM

today and no later than tomorrow,” Blagojevich added.

Gotta get me a six pack and some nacho’s, and get the lazy boy warmed up.

MDWNJ on December 17, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Dateline: December 22, 2008.

….In a strange new twist to the Illinois pay to play scheme, Blago was found dead in his own bathtub. Reports state that there was NO water in the bathtub at the time of the death.
….In other news, Obama praises the appointment of wife, Michelle Obama, to his senate seat.

HornetSting on December 17, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Instead of selling BHO’s seat he will now extort millions to not mention the idiot messiah’s name.

What a country !

DeweyWins on December 17, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Can he tell me why his hair looks like a blind hairdresser cuts it?

Then what’s the deal with all the corruption, besides, oh, it’s Illinoise!!!

mjk on December 17, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Will Obama get free airtime for a rebuttal?

fogw on December 17, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Can’t wait to hear Blago’s plan for a recession-proof Illinois economy.

jay12 on December 17, 2008 at 1:43 PM

“Hold a press conference? For nothing? *&%^ this.”

BKennedy on December 17, 2008 at 1:43 PM

He is going to break wind.

Firebird on December 17, 2008 at 1:45 PM

“Don’t waste your question.”

warbaby on December 17, 2008 at 1:47 PM

CYA City, next stop.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 17, 2008 at 1:48 PM

This guy is off his rocker.

therightwinger on December 17, 2008 at 1:49 PM

OBAMA/BLAGO 2012!

Though, I’d be OK with 5 to 10.

Bruce in NH on December 17, 2008 at 1:50 PM

After Blago, Rahmbo and O get their stories straight, is Blago announcing that he has changed his name to Lee Majors?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 17, 2008 at 1:51 PM

I am innocent of these charges blah blah blah

I look forward to my day in court blah blah blah

I look forward to putting this all behind me after I am exonerated blah blah blah

It’s all someone else’s fault blah blah blah

I did nothing wrong blah blah blah

*yawn*

FlatFoot on December 17, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Blago not speaking for over a week is some sort of world record for him. Usually he’s talking about how he has to raise taxes and let seniors ride free on the CTA.

Tommy_G on December 17, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Blago to break his silence neck this week

Vashta.Nerada on December 17, 2008 at 1:56 PM

A press conference is a f*****g valuable thing.

pedestrian on December 17, 2008 at 1:56 PM

I’ll bet Blago’s lawyer is cr*ping cinderblocks….

Wouldnt’ it be a hoot if he implicated THE ONE (before his visit to Fort Marcy Park)

bullseye on December 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

“Just to clarify some small diversions , I misspoke , and with that i have to cut you off”

the_nile on December 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Altering a well known phrase, Blogo should remember that it is better to keep quiet and let people think you are guilty, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt. He would be better served to keep his mouth shut until his testimony at the trial.

RedSoxNation on December 17, 2008 at 2:01 PM

I hope he spills the beans on the whole camp.

Mercy4Me on December 17, 2008 at 2:10 PM

So what’s the over/under on how long he’s going to stay alive?

rbj on December 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Obama will have turned the White House into Showtime at the Apollo and Blago will still be Gov. Make book on that.

grdred944 on December 17, 2008 at 1:36 PM

When does Sandman show up to escort Holder and Rahm Emmanuel off the stage?

teke184 on December 17, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Start talking, baby. Watch CNN and MSNBC scurry to alternate programming the second he mentions The One.

JammieWearingFool on December 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

So what’s the over/under on how long he’s going to stay alive?

rbj on December 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM

That’s not Lightworker’s style.

I expect Blago to drop out of sight for a while but be “rehabilitated” a couple of years from now and pop up again as a professor somewhere or perhaps an ambassador to some distant country.

Y-not on December 17, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Hopefully they screen that press conference for weapons so as to avoid any potential Bud Dwyer moment…

sayabule1 on December 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Has he talked to Marc Rich?

Oh, he talked to (Attorney General Holder….it OK then, never mind.

IlikedAUH2O on December 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

The Obama team has announced that it is suspending the Cabinet searches so BHO can go visit his “sick Governor” before the press conference.

mankai on December 17, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Poor Hot Rod. He has the right to remain silent but is too fuckin’ stupid to do so.

GarandFan on December 17, 2008 at 3:43 PM

In the dark recesses of the Office of the President Elect a talk fair-skinned African-American sits behind a desk softly caressing a short-haired cat sitting on his lap. Another man sitting on an office couch facing him breaks the silence.

“It’s heating up.”

“I know. Can he be taken out and made to look like eh, er, suicide?”

“I dunno. Big price to pay if we were ever caught.”

“The media is still on our side. Totally.”

“You might have blown that with your answer to John what’s his name.”

“Him too?”

hawkdriver on December 17, 2008 at 3:55 PM

The Obama team has announced that it is suspending the Cabinet searches so BHO can go visit his “sick Governor” before the press conference.

mankai on December 17, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Love it!!

Callie C. on December 17, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Tomorrow morning he’ll wake up in bed with a horse’s head wearing a ridiculous Ken-doll hairpiece.

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2008 at 5:14 PM

When does Sandman show up to escort Holder and Rahm Emmanuel off the stage?

teke184 on December 17, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Rham’s Dilbert mug will never see a desk in the White House.

grdred944 on December 17, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Tomorrow morning he’ll wake up in bed with a horse’s head wearing a ridiculous Ken-doll hairpiece.

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2008 at 5:14 PM

That’s what he gets for associating with horse’s A$$es..

bullseye on December 17, 2008 at 8:00 PM