Illinois Republicans Call For Burris to Step Down (Video)
Illinois Republicans called for Senator Roland Burris to step down today for lying to legislators about his contact with impeached Governor Blagojevich (D-IL):
Just as Illinois was moving past the agony and embarrassment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s ousting, Senator Roland Burris was hearing calls for his own resignation Sunday amid allegations he lied to legislators. (Feb. 16-AP)
On Saturday Burris disclosed he was asked for campaign contributions on behalf of the ousted Illinois governor who eventually appointed him– something he withheld during sworn testimony to Illinois officials.
Grand Rants says the case against Burris is pretty cut and dry. On January 8, Burris told the Illinois House impeachment panel:
Durkin: “At any time were you directly or indirectly aware of a quid pro quo with the governor for the appointment of this vacant Senate seat?
Burris: No sir.”
This weekend it came out that Burris admitted that Blago’s brother Rob asked him for help for “fundraising” back in October and November.
This doesn’t look good for the Illinois senator.
Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) said today that despite appearances he did not change his testimony.
FOX News reported:
U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, under fire for amending his testimony on his appointment to the U.S. Senate, said Monday that he told the panel investigating former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that he would file an addendum to his remarks.
“There was no change of any of our testimony. We followed up as we promised to the impeachment committee,” he told reporters, in a Chicago press conference that lasted just minutes.
Burris took no questions from reporters but said all the information he supplied was voluntary and not the result of contact from federal agents investigating the former governor.
Any suggestion otherwise is “absolutely, positively not true,” he said.
House Republicans say they want an independent probe into whether Burris perjured himself in front of the panel by not revealing he had conversations with five Blagojevich allies besides the former chief of staff he testified about speaking with.