SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The lawyer for Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich says federal investigators illegally monitored his
Attorney Ed Genson told the state House impeachment committee
today that the federal wiretaps were illegal.
The recordings are crucial to the criminal charges filed against
Blagojevich last week. Prosecutors say they caught the Democratic
governor discussing efforts to auction off a U.S. Senate seat and
pressure a hospital executive for campaign donations.
Genson told the impeachment committee that it shouldn't consider
any material from the wiretaps, saying the evidence was "illegally
The comments suggest Blagojevich's legal defense may include
challenging whether the recordings can be introduced in court.