Illinois Senate President John Cullerton just said that Gov. Rod Blagojevich will appear in his own defense at his impeachment trial tomorrow. Blagojevich will not take questions from senators, but a rebuttal against his closing argument will be allowed.
The surprise announcement comes just hours after Cullerton told reporters the governor should come to the Capitol to defend himself rather than continue his national media blitz in New York. Cullerton made the comment during a break in the trial earlier today.
Blagojevich is a former prosecutor, so surely he knows how to make an impassioned closing argument. However, I suspect it will be a monologue filled with the same half-truths he keeps repeating in front of the television cameras.
I’d also like to point out that the Senate could have denied Blagojevich’s appearance since the governor ignored previous deadlines to submit witness names. But contrary to Blagojevich’s claims, the Senate is conducting a fair impeachment trial.
The trial should be must-see TV for Illinois residents tomorrow.