Illinois Lawmakers Hear Blagojevich Tapes

The New York Times Online | Tues- Jan 27, 2009 | MONICA DAVEY

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The decision to play recordings of the phone calls, which were intercepted by federal agents, followed intense negotiations with federal prosecutors in Chicago, who are pursuing a separate criminal corruption case against Mr. Blagojevich even as the impeachment trial here goes on.

[...] For the most part, lawmakers have deferred to the criminal prosecutors, agreeing, for instance, not to call certain witnesses before the impeachment trial at the request of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney for Chicago.

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