02/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich Impeachment: Gov. Swears In Senate, Then Members Begin His Trial

A surreal scenario is expected to play out Wednesday in the Illinois Senate: Against a ceremonial backdrop of pomp and circumstance, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich will preside over the swearing-in of the very same lawmakers whose first order of business will be to consider whether to dump him from office.

The first impeachment trial of a governor in Illinois' long, corrupt history is expected to look a lot like the last one that gripped the nation's attention a decade ago-- President Bill Clinton's 1999 U.S. Senate trial, even if it could stretch out longer than the three weeks that one lasted.

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