CHICAGO
01/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich May Resign Despite Statement: Attorney

Gov. Rod Blagojevich could still step down despite his forceful statement to the contrary, one of his lawyers said Friday.

Friday afternoon, in his first substantial comments since being arrested on federal corruption charges, Blagojevich said, "I'm not going to quit a job the people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob," and reaffirmed his desire to fight the charges in court.

But taking media questions after the governor's statement, lawyer Sam Adam Jr. said, "He told me if it doesn't work, if it is too hard if the people of Illinois suffer, he will step aside."

Watch Adam's press conference: