Blagojevich won't quit, pledges fight

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - December 19, 2008 - "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong," /*Blagojevich*/ said in his first official public comments since his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.

The Democrat is accused, among other things, of plotting to sell or trade President-elect /*Barack Obama*/'s U.S. Senate seat.

"I'm not going to quit a job the people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob," Blagojevich said.

Blagojevich had been itching to talk, even though his attorney Ed Genson didn't like the idea.

Genson has said he plans to challenge the court-ordered wiretaps at the heart of the allegations against Blagojevich. Genson called the wiretaps inappropriate, if not illegal.

Genson said he expects a federal grand jury to indict his client, which likely would unseal many of the documents supporting the charges.

The governor is also accused of trying to strong-arm the Chicago Tribune into firing editorial writers who criticized him, and pressuring a hospital executive for campaign donations.

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