His words were not quite as elegant as earlier rallying cries, such as “Shoot if you must this old gray head,” or Hale’s “I only regret that I have but one life to give my country,” or even the most recent ‘NoBAMA‘ from the PUMA crowd, but Blagojevich showed up to his impeachment to defend himself:
“I’m here to appeal to you, to your sense of fairness, your sense of responsibility, and to the truth,” Blagojevich said in a closing address that lasted less than an hour.
It was the first time he had appeared at the impeachment trial, which began Monday.
“I’m asking you to acquit me and give me a chance to show my innocence,” he said. “And if you’re not comfortable with an acquittal, then extend this process, and get more evidence, if you can get it, to show that I did something wrong or give me a chance to bring my evidence in.”
He then left the chambers without answering any questions or doing anything to prove his innocence.