Blagojevich compares his arrest to Pearl Harbor

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Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich tells The Associated Press that his Dec. 9 arrest on corruption charges "is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States."

"It was a complete surprise, completely unexpected. And just like the United States prevailed in that, we'll prevail in this," he said in an interview today in Chicago, outside the office of one of his attorneys.

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Blagojevich is accused of attempting to sell the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama. His impeachment trial begins Monday in the state Senate, but he says won't be there because the chamber's rules bar him from calling witnesses.

"I'm not going to be a party to that process," he said. "That would be a violation of my oath of office. That, to me, would be an impeachable offense."

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