[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/16/blagojevich.burris/art.roland.burris.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Roland Burris says he never made an inconsistent statement to lawmakers about Illinois' former governor."]
There's an interesting new twist to tell you about regarding Pres. Obama's old Senate seat. As you likely remember, Sen. Roland Burris got Mr. Obama's former job on Capitol Hill after a grilling from Illinois lawmakers over his ties to now former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Well, some of his answers are being questioned and there are calls for Mr. Burris to resign.
Tonight we've got the raw politics on the Senate scandal.
Here's the critical question Burris faced last month from the Illinois legislature: Did you have conversations with Blagojevich's brother or other close aides of the Governor about the vacant senate seat?
"Give us a moment," said Burris' lawyer.
"I talked to some friends about my desire to be appointed. Yes.," said Burris.
Fast-forward to today and Illinois Republican leaders are calling for a perjury investigation into whether Burris deceived the public with that statement. They say Burris 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.
Burris has filed a new affidavit declaring, "I recall that Gov. Blagojevich's brother, Rob Blagojevich, called me three times to seek my assistance in fundraising for Gov. Blagojevich."
Of course, the affidavit was filed after Burris had the Senate seat.
The question many people are asking is if he shared what he mentioned in the affidavit during the impeachment hearing would he now be a senator?
Burris says he's done nothing wrong.
What do you think? Should the Illinois lawmakers followed up on that answer? Share your thoughts below.
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