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Blagojevich: 'I Will Fight'

POSTED: 02:50 PM ET, 12/19/2008 by Amanda Zamora

Update (3:08 p.m.): Blagojevich says, "I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing...I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong and I am not going to quit."

Quoting author and poet Rudyard Kipling in his short statement, Blagojevich said he has the "most powerful ally there is -- the truth" and urged Illinoisians to "please reserve judgment."

Update (3:04 p.m.): "Two-minute warning."

Update (3:02 p.m.): Blagojevich will not take any questions after his statement. It is expected to start in about five minutes.

Heads up: washingtonpost.com will be streaming Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 3 p.m. ET press conference shortly.

As the Post's Peter Slevin reports, Blagojevich is breaking 10 days of silence after his dramatic arrest on felony corruption charges. You can watch the press conference here; let us know what you think of the governor's statement in the comments below.

By Amanda Zamora |  December 19, 2008; 2:50 PM ET Blagojevich Scandal
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