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 — 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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