[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/19/blagojevich.speaks/art.blagojevich.wgn.jpg caption="Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich spoke to reporters at a news conference Friday but did not take questions."] Maureen Miller
Just days ago, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich vowed to tell his side of the story. Today, a defiant governor stepped up to a microphone and vowed to fight the corruption charges against him.
"I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing," Blagojevich said at a news conference in Chicago.
Federal prosecutors accuse the governor of trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now vacant Senate seat.
"I will fight until I take my last breath," he said.
The governor said he was "not going to quit the job the people have hired me to do."
"I am dying to answer these charges. I am dying to show you how innocent I am," the governor said. "I intend to answer every allegation that comes my way. However, I intend to answer them in the appropriate forum," he added.
"I have on my side the most powerful ally there is, and it's the truth. And besides, I have the personal knowledge that I have not done anything wrong," said Blagojevich.
He took no questions from reporters.
One of Blagojevich's attorneys, Sam Adam Jr., told reporters after the governor spoke that the U.S. attorney's office hasn't given them the tapes mentioned in the criminal complaint filed 10 days ago - the day Blagojevich was arrested.
On the tapes are phone calls involving the governor's alleged efforts to sell the Senate seat.
"It is conduct that would make Lincoln roll over in his grave," said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald last week when announcing the charges against Blagoveich.
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