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February 16th, 2009
03:36 PM ET

Burris says statements were consistent

CNN

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris reiterated Monday that his sworn testimony regarding his contacts with then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was not inconsistent with what he later said in an affidavit.

The Democratic senator's comments come a day after Illinois Republican leaders called for a perjury investigation into whether Burris deceived the public last month when he failed to tell state lawmakers that Blagojevich's brother solicited him for campaign cash at the same time that the governor himself was considering whether to appoint him to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

"We said in our testimony before the impeachment committee, my lawyer stated, that we will have to file additional information in our report because there were some questions asked where we had to get sufficient information for the committee," Burris said outside Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side before a five-day statewide "listening tour" of his new constituents.

"We also stated that we might be incomplete in our report," he said.

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  1. John Medvit

    I sent an e-mail to my two US Senators from Illinois today. Sen. Durbin I suggested he be in the front lines heading up a strong leadership in getting the facts.
    To Sen Burris, I suggested that he resign. One thing is for certain! He no longer represents me from Illinois. Why does he think he was there, but to testify about purchasing the seat. If he had said what he did recently, he would NOT now be a senator.

    February 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  2. Ray, IL

    I voted for our new president. He supported Burris and this appointment and I trusted in that. I live in IL...and I no longer care what anybody thinks, or for what real reason, I don't want Burris representing me. He was deceptive...period. That's the criterion that matters in this situation. This is not the hope I had hoped for. I am extremely disappointed.

    "I did not have sex with that woman" ...honestly.

    February 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I had always assumed Burris was asked to help raise money by someone in the ex-Governor's retinue; I thought though that Burris would have more sense given the situation than to play that game. Yes, he should have said something about it sooner, but at least when asked he didn't give in to their request.

    February 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  4. Jeanette

    Most people have thought that there was something very fishy about the way Burris suddenly was chosen to Obamas seat. Why hasn't there been any tapes on those conversations?? How did Bagos brother contact him, on his home phone?.....by carrier pidgeon?. there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

    Jeanette-MO

    February 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  5. Jeanette

    Most people have thought that there was something very fishy about the way Burris suddenly was chosen to Obamas seat. Why hasn't there been any tapes on those conversations?? How did Bagos brother contact him.....by carrier pidgeon. there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

    Jeanette-MO

    February 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  6. maria pearson-hessels

    What on earth? Mr Burris needs to know that just the same way I do not approve of the way I'm angry at how the Republicans were or are trying to stop Train President Obama, he cannot just think that we are so uninformed as to believe that he did not purposedly ignored the question during his hearing and gave something that was just to get by. It does not work for anyone it does not matter what party the person belongs to. He angers me so much, he has been around too long not to know better. I don't see him in the Senate past 2010 and I don't blame anyone for voting against him. He did not tell the truth.

    February 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  7. concern/denver Colorado

    the repubulicans are only looking for away to get rid of a democrate in the senate ..please go away ..and get ready for change ...and learn how to become more creative ...and come with some new ideals ..to match this change that is moving forward into the 21st century ..or the repubulicans will find themself on the back curner with all other counties that donot move forward ...and stop looking backwards ...

    February 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  8. Cindy

    I kind of figured that Burris had his hand in the cookie jar when it came to Blago and that whole deal. Regardless if he gave money or not he still talked to them about "buying" the seat. That by itself should have disqualified him for even being considered for it. Too bad he wasn't! Now we have to go through all of this mess again! You know Blagojevich will have to have his say since he can't get enough of his 15 minutes.

    Cindy..Ga.

    February 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  9. KESTON

    Over the past year, i have seen our gov. give out hundreds of billions of dollars with no concrete solution in mind. if our gov. took 30 billion and gave it to the 150million taxpayers annually. would that solve the economy? that 30billion , would give about 192,000 to each taxpayer. americans would pay taxes on that, so alot of that money would return to the irs. americans can also pay of debt, spend and invest in themselves an their future. this will also help create jobs, entrepenuers would be in full swing, bringing that creativity back to most americans. cant see how this can hurt, considering how much we have already spent. this price tag is much less. i would rather put the money in the hand of the consumer, who needs it most. NO MATTER how irresponsible the consumer, after all the banks and auto dealers to me are more irresponsible than any of us.

    February 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm |