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lawmakers call for Burris perjury prob

Sen. Roland Burris admitted Saturday that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother asked him for a campaign contribution before the governor appointed Burris to the Senate.

The disclosure is at odds with Burris’ testimony in January when an Illinois House impeachment committee specifically asked if he had ever spoken to Robert Blagojevich or other aides to the now-deposed governor about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

State Rep. Jim Durkin, the impeachment committee’s ranking Republican, told The Associated Press that he and House Republican Leader Tom Cross would seek an outside investigation into whether Burris perjured himself. Continue reading

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Video: Burris joins the Senate

Roland Burris was just sworn into the US Senate by Vice President Dick Cheney, a moment greeted by sustained applause rather than the brickbats during a long-running controversy.

Fellow Democrats initially balked at Burris, because he was appointed by Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, who faces federal corruption charges that include trying to sell the seat — once occupied by President-elect Barack Obama — that Burris now holds.

(VIDEO) Blagojevich appoints Burris to Obama’s Senate seat

Wednesday, December 31, 2008; 11:00 AM

Slate contributor Edward McClelland was online Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss his take on embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision to name former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, despite federal charges stating Blagojevich tried to auction off the seat to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich Appoints Burris To Senate Seat (MP3)

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VIDEO: Burris denied seat in US Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roland Burris failed in his bid to take President-elect Barack Obama’s Illinois Senate seat on Tuesday in a scripted piece of political theater staged just before the opening of the 111th Congress.

“Mr. Burris is not in possession of the necessary credentials from the state of Illinois,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in his speech opening the new session of Congress.

Burris, 71, earlier confirmed that Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson had informed him in a private meeting that his credentials lacked a required signature and his state’s seal.

“I will not be accepted, I will not be seated,” Burris told a mob of reporters who had followed him across the street for a news conference in a cold and steady rain outside the Capitol.

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