Blago Set to Break His Silence

Dec 17, 2008 11:01am

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports from Chicago: 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.

Instead, the reclusive lawmaker has stayed silent, only saying that he looks forward to speaking at the appropriate time.

On Wednesday morning, Blagojevich told reporters outside his Chicago house that he is eagerly anticipating the chance to state his case.

"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.

Although Blagojevich has stayed quiet, his lawyer, high-profile Chicago defense attorney Ed Genson, has stated that the governor is not guilty, not resigning, and instead will fight the charges.

Genson is in the state capital of Springfield Wednesday to meet with a special House investigative committee that will issue a recommendation sometime in the next month on whether or not Blagojevich should be be impeached. 

UPDATE: Genson confirmed in a press conference today that Blagojevich was likely to hold a press conference towards the end of this week, but may delay it into next week.

"My client was planning on making a statement this Friday, but I got a feeling I may not be around Chicago this Friday, so maybe it’ll be next week," Genson said. "He wants to speak. Now you have to understand this — he’s charged with serious criminal charges. Because someone doesn’t want to give an advance notice of what he’s gonna say doesn’t make the person guilty."

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