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Feds Take Blago Into Custody

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Dec 9, 2008 2:35PM


AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File

Could this be the end for Blago? The Trib is citing unnamed sources as saying Governor Blagojevich has been taken into federal custody at his Chicago home. Holy crap. Spokesman Lucio Guerrero responded to an inquiry by saying, "Haven't heard anything -- you are first to call." We're checking the Blagojevich (Political) Death Pool as we await word

Update - The FBI has confirmed to WGN TV that both Blago and chief of staff John Harris have been arrested. A press conference and hearing will happen later today. The Trib has also speculated that the Gov has been taped since November and that a pay-to-play scheme has extended to his search to replace Sen. Obama.

Update II - Here's the criminal complaint. [PDF] The two counts involve defrauding the people of Illinois, which could be any number of things, and promised money and state services in exchange for the firing of Trib editorial members who were critical of Blago and his administration.

For anyone wondering, Blagojevich is still Governor of Illinois. He has not resigned nor been incapacitated as Governor so Blago is still driving this here truck off the cliff.