HARRISBURG — State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, under FBI scrutiny for four years, took to the senate floor today and announced he expects to be indicted this week, proclaimed his innocence and said he plans to vigorously defend the allegations against him.
In a cadence at times defiant, at times mournful, Fumo (D., Phila.) said he would step down as the ranking Democrat on the powerful senate Appropriations Committee, but would continue serving in the chamber as he fights the expected charges against him.
“I know in my heart that I have not done anything illegal,” said Fumo in a 12-minute floor speech as his fellow senators looked on. “Sometimes in life the only choice you have when faced with blatant injustice is to have the courage to stand up and fight. That is what I will do.”