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Tag: Sen. Roland Burris

Feds Interview Sen. Roland Burris in Chicago About ex-Gov

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Whether he’s done anything wrong or not,  Sen. Roland Burris’ name is increasingly being associated with a not-so flattering word:  “scandal”.  Can he hold on to the coveted Senate seat he sought?

By John Chase and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was interviewed by federal authorities for several hours Saturday as part of the ongoing corruption investigation into charges that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell a Senate seat for personal or political profit, sources familiar with the talks said.

Burris’ interview, which had been delayed for weeks, took place at his attorney’s offices in downtown Chicago. He has been informed he is not a target of the probe, the sources said.

Burris acknowledged a week ago that federal investigators wanted to talk to him about the circumstances surrounding his appointment by Blagojevich, which occurred three weeks after the former governor was arrested on federal corruption charges.

Among the charges filed against Blagojevich are allegations he tried to peddle the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in exchange for a Cabinet post, an ambassadorship or high-paying private positions for him and his wife.
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The Circus Must Go On! Sen. Roland Burris Defends Himself as Things Heat Up

Say it Ain’t So: Sen. Burris Says He Sought Campaign Funds For Gov. Blago

Day by day, this gets worse. Can this guy survive all this? Very good question. With all else that’s going on, this is probably the last thing Congress needs to deal with.

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

By Rick Pearson, John Chase and Ray Long
Chicago Tribune

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor’s brother at the same time he was making a pitch to be appointed to the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.
Burris’ latest comments in Peoria Monday night were the first time he has publicly said he was actively trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Previously Burris has left the impression that he always balked at the issue of raising money for the governor because of his interest in the Senate appointment.
In comments to reporters after appearing at a Democratic dinner, the senator several times contradicted his latest under-oath affidavit that he quietly filed with the Illinois House impeachment panel earlier this month. That affidavit was itself an attempt to clean up his live, sworn testimony to the panel Jan. 8, when he omitted his contacts with several Blagojevich insiders.
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Sen. Roland Burris Defends Himself About Gov. Blago’s Campaign Solicitation

Here We Go Again: Ill. State Lawmakers Call for Criminal Perjury Probe into Sen. Roland Burris

Just when you thought the dust has settled for the time being.

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

BY NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY
Chicago Sun-Times

State lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation into whether U.S. Sen. Roland Burris committed perjury before a state impeachment panel, in the wake of a Sun-Times exclusive story published online today.
The development comes after the Chicago Democrat failed to initially disclose under oath to a House panel that he was hit up for campaign cash by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother.
State Rep. James Durkin (R-Western Springs) said Saturday that the Sangamon County state prosecutor’s office will be asked to review Burris’ Jan. 8 sworn testimony before the House panel to determine whether Burris (D-Chicago) perjured himself.
“I don’t trust anything that comes out of Roland Burris’ mouth or from his pen,” Durkin said.
“We had a major league situation facing us. This is a United States senate seat that came under the most clouded of circumstances,” Durkin said. “This is supposed to be about the year of reform this is about ethics and about transparency.”

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