Blagojevich attorney challenges impeachment panel

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wants some lawmakers removed from the panel that will recommend whether the governor should be impeached. Attorney Ed Genson said some committee members have made public comments indicating they've already made up their minds. He said they shouldn't be allowed to take part in the impeachment hearings.

Genson also asked the committee to postpone action until the governor and his defense can prepare more thoroughly.

Committee chairwoman Barbara Flynn Currie rejected both requests at Wednesday's bipartisan panel meeting.

Blagojevich was arrested by FBI agents last week on charges that include scheming to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement based on who offered him the best political or financial deal.

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