Panel recesses impeachment hearing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - December 16, 2008 The bipartisan committee was to discuss how the panel will operate and review claims against /*Blagojevich*/.

But chairwoman and Democratic Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago agreed to resume the hearing Wednesday to allow for Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson to attend.

Currie also says she's awaiting a response from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald about whether the panel will be allowed to hear testimony from certain witnesses without compromising Fitzgerald's case against Blagojevich.

Blagojevich was arrested last week on federal corruption charges, accused of trying to sell President-elect /*Barack Obama*/'s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

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