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Fitzgerald asks for extension to indict

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has asked for an extension to indict Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, AP reports.

The extension would give Fitzgerald another 90 days, and would take this into April.

That can't be helpful for Senate leadership looking to block Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris to fill the vacant Illinois Senate seat. It would have been a lot easier to say this was the appointment made by a governor under "indictment" rather than a "cloud of suspicion."