Surprise! Sen. Roland Burris revises earlier sworn testimony—actually, the word he uses is "supplements"—and confirms the disgraced and impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited "donations." The revelations come in a weekend document dump to the Chicago Sun Times.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother solicited U.S. Sen. Roland Burris for up to $10,000 in campaign cash before Blagojevich named Burris to the coveted post—something Burris initially failed to disclose under oath before an Illinois House impeachment panel, records and interviews show.
Burris (D-Ill.) acknowledges being hit up for the money in a new affidavit he has sent to the head of the House committee that recommended Blagojevich be removed from office.
The affidavit is dated Feb. 5—three weeks after Burris was sworn in to replace President Obama in the Senate.
Burris acknowledged having three conversations with Robert Blagojevich, who headed the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund—and one of those was likely recorded by the FBI.
This is Burris' "third version of events" regarding his discussions on the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. There will probably be a fourth or fifth version, too.
Burris' appointment was always tainted by the federal corruption probe and impeachment of Blagojevich. Changing his testimony three weeks after he was sworn in to replace Obama—what did he do, "forget" the governor's brother asked him for money three times?—this makes Burris radioactive. SusanG at Kos reports Illinois Republicans are demanding a perjury investigation. Rightly so because there are grounds. And yes, "I told you so." Several times.