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Prosecutors May Release Blagojevich Wiretaps

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Prosecutors May Release Blagojevich Wiretaps

An attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Ed Genson, wipes his brow. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Federal prosecutors want to release wiretap evidence of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. They say Illinois state lawmakers should be able to review recorded phone calls of Blagojevich as they consider impeaching the embattled governor.

Prosecutors filed their motion earlier today in federal court.

Their 12-page request asks for permission to release portions of wiretapped phone calls of Governor Blagojevich.

Blagojevich faces federal charges of influence peddling—including allegations that he tried to auction off the senate seat vacated by President elect Barack Obama.

The governor denies any wrongdoing—but state lawmakers have started hearings to consider a vote on impeachment.

Prosecutors say state lawmakers making that decision should be able to review redacted versions of some of Blagojevich’s recorded phone calls.

In the motion filed today, prosecutors say if properly limited and redacted—releasing the wiretap evidence won’t affect the ongoing criminal investigation.

A judge is scheduled to consider the motion early next week.

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