- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday continued his attacks on the prosecutors who have hit him with corruption charges and said he isn’t worried that a federal judge will slap a gag order on the case.

Mr. Blagojevich began his offensive Tuesday when he called the prosecutors “cowards and liars.” He also challenged U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald to meet him face to face in court if he’s “man enough.”

On Wednesday, Mr. Blagojevich continued his campaign during an appearance on Chicago’s WLS Radio. The Democrat accused the government of being “involved in a big cover-up” and repeated his comments about prosecutors.

Mr. Blagojevich also dismissed the possibility that U.S. District Judge James Zagel could order him to stop talking about the case, saying, “This is still the United States of America.”

Judge Zagel has scheduled a hearing later Wednesday to discuss motions being filed in the case.

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