Sen. Burris Denies Intent to Mislead; GOP Seeks Probe

Burris should have known that even a hint of impropriety would call an investigation down on his head.  Being appointed by Blagojevich was a guarantee that the appointment would be scrutinized.

By Peter Slevin

Washington Post Staff Writer

Monday, February 16, 2009; Page A02

CHICAGO. Feb. 15 — Illinois Republicans called Sunday for a perjury investigation of Sen. Roland W. Burris D, who declared that he did not try to mislead state lawmakers about his contacts with associates of former governor Rod Blagojevich.

“I can’t believe anything that’s coming from Mr. Burris at this point,” said state Rep. Jim Durkin (R). He described Burris’s version of his contacts with Blagojevich insiders as a “continuously changing story.”


A combative Burris, appointed by Blagojevich (D) to fill President Obama’s former Senate seat, made it clear that he does not intend to quit.


The central difference between Burris’s Jan. 8 testimony and the Feb. 4 affidavit is that the affidavit reports conversations with five close associates of Rod Blagojevich. Under questioning by the impeachment committee, he named just one.


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