[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/09/illinois.governor/t1home.gov.blago4.gi.jpg caption="Rod Blagojevich is serving his second term as governor of Illinois."]Maureen Miller
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich got a call this morning he'll likely never forget. Robert Grant, the head of the FBI's Chicago office, was on the line. He told Blagojevich there was a warrant for his arrest.
"Is this a joke," the governor replied, according to Grant.
It wasn't a joke.
FBI agents arrested Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris on federal corruption charges.
Here's what has America talking: The governor is accused of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now-vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
There's also the accusation he was trying to pull back $8 million dollars in state funds for a children's hospital because he never got a $50,000 campaign contribution from the CEO of the hospital.
And, investigators say Blagojevich tried to extort the owners of the Tribune company, which owns The Chicago Tribune, into firing certain editors.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald laid out the government's case at today's news conference. He said investigators bugged the governor's campaign office and placed a tap on his home phone.
Tonight on AC360°, we'll share some of the shocking comments investigators say they caught on tape.
At the microphone today, Fitzgerald wasn't shy about sharing his feelings about the governor.
"Governor Blagojevich has taken us to a truly new low," said Fitzgerald.
"The conduct would have made Lincoln roll over in his grave," he added later.
There's one more thing. Blagojevich retains the right to name Obama's successor to the Senate even under indictment.
The only way the decision can be pulled from him is if he quits or is removed from office by impeachment.
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