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Why did Roland Burris lie?
Powerline ^ | Feb 16, 2009

Posted on 02/16/2009 8:17:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind

On February 5 Roland Burris quietly filed an affidavit to correct the testimony he had provided to the Illinois House impeachment panel on January 8. Rep. James Durkin closely questioned Burris regarding his awareness of a quid pro quo for his Senate seat. His answer was that he was not. Burris's affidavit reveals that he was solicited for campaign cash (up to $10,000, according to the Sun-Times) by Governor Blagojevich's brother Robert in connection with Burris's interest in the seat.

What prompted Burris's correction of his testimony? The Sun-Times notes that one of Burris's three conversations with the governor's brother was likely recorded by the FBI. In an interesting story on Burris's affidavit, the AP reports that Robert Blagojevich's attorney states his client believes one of the conversations was recorded by the FBI. Surely the thought must also have occurred to Burris.

The last exchange between Durkin and Burris that is reflected in the transcript posted by the Sun-Times addresses what Burris would have done if he had been aware of a quid pro quo:

REPRESENTATIVE DURKIN: Okay. If you were aware of a quid pro quo, what would you have done? [Discussion about the relevance of the question follows.]

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MR. BURRIS: Representative Durkin, knowing my ethics, I would not participate in anybody's quid pro quo. I've been in government for 20 years and never participated in anybody's quid pro quo.

REPRESENTATIVE DURKIN: I guess the point is would you have gone to the federal authorities if you were aware of that?

MR. BURRIS: I have no response to that.

Did Senator Burris ever "go to federal authorities" after he was asked for campaign cash by the governor's brother? Senator Burris appears to have done absolutely nothing after he was solicited for the campaign cash except cross his fingers and hope it wouldn't hurt the possibility of his appointment by the governor. If the true answer to Rep. Durkin's question is "no," as it seems to be, the true answer must go a long way to explaining Senator Burris's original responses to Rep. Durkin's questions before the impeachment committee.

UPDATE: RealClearPolitics includes Mark Brown's "Perjury or not, Burris at least shows that he's a liar" in its lineup this morning. Brown writes that "our new U.S. senator proved himself to be a lying little sneak."


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: bho44; blagojevich; burris; demlies; il2008; rolandburris

1 posted on 02/16/2009 8:17:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s another comment made by the folks at POWERLINE :

When Roland Burris testified under oath before an Illinois House impeachment panel on Jan. 8, Burris was questioned by Rep. James Durkin (R, Western Springs) on a key point:

REPRESENTATIVE DURKIN: Did you talk to any members of the Governor’s staff or anyone closely related to the Governor, including family members or any lobbyists connected with him, including let me throw out some names, John Harris, Rob Blagojevich, Doug Scofield, Bob Greenleaf, Lon Monk, John Wyma, did you talk to anybody who was associated with the Governor about your desire to seek the appointment prior to the Governor’s arrest?

MR. WRIGHT: Give us a moment.

MR. BURRIS: I talked to some friends about my desire to be appointed, yes.

REPRESENTATIVE DURKIN: I guess the point is I was trying to ask, did you speak to anybody who was on the Governor’s staff prior to the Governor’s arrest or anybody, any of those individuals or anybody who is closely related to the Governor?

MR. BURRIS: I recall having a meeting with Lon Monk about my partner and I trying to get continued business, and I did bring it up, it must have been in September or maybe it was in July of ‘08 that, you know, you’re close to the Governor, let him know that I am certainly interested in the seat.

REPRESENTATIVE DURKIN: Okay. Did you speak to any individuals who — any individuals who were also seeking the appointment of the United States Senate seat, otherwise people we’ve referred to as Senate candidates one through five?

MR. BURRIS: No, I did not.

REPRESENTATIVE DURKIN: Okay. At any time were you directly or indirectly aware of a quid pro quo with the Governor for the appointment of this vacant Senate seat?

MR. BURRIS: No, sir.

The Chicago Sun-Times now picks up the story. The Sun-Times reports: “Burris changed his answer Feb. 5 in a quietly filed affidavit.” The Sun-Times has posted the affidavit here. In the affidavit Burris discloses that he himself was hit up for $10,000 in campaign cash by Blagojevich’s brother.

Lynn Sweet adds that Burris also failed to disclose the names of Blagojevich associates whom he spoke with about getting the appointment, either to the impeachment committee or to her personally at a January 7 news conference. Sweet has posted a transcipt of Burris’s “evasive answer” to her question on the subject at his January 7 news conference.

The Sun-Times adds that in a statement to the paper Burris said he wasn’t given the opportunity to fully answer the question before the House panel. Burris’s statement does not appear to square with the transcript.

Rep. Durkin is not happy. He comments: “I don’t trust anything that comes out of Roland Burris’ mouth or from his pen.” Under the circumstances, it seems like a fair comment.


2 posted on 02/16/2009 8:18:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Why did he lie? Simple, he is a democrat, it is in his DNA
3 posted on 02/16/2009 8:19:30 AM PST by sticker
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To: SeekAndFind

It is simple, he’s from Illinois and answers to the Daley machine in Chicago


4 posted on 02/16/2009 8:21:00 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: SeekAndFind

we do people get re-elected in Chitown?..answer one you answer both


5 posted on 02/16/2009 8:21:05 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: sticker

It all depends on your definition of the word LIE is


6 posted on 02/16/2009 8:21:38 AM PST by shadeaud (Time to smell the roses and not the stench coming from D .C.)
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To: shadeaud

Its the old saw - How do you tell when a politician is lying. Answer: When his lips are moving. And it has always been thus.


7 posted on 02/16/2009 8:27:27 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (Swift as the wind; Calmly majestic as a forest; Steady as the mountains.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why? Why you ask? Because he is a liberal, thats what they do thats who they are.


8 posted on 02/16/2009 8:29:05 AM PST by svcw (This maybe my last transmission - God have mercy on us.)
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To: SeekAndFind
He lied cause he thought he wouldn't get caught, that is the Ill-Annoy way!

Someone realized that it might be on the FBI tapes & they had to come clean! Typical Crook County & Ill-Annoy ways!

It's called CYA!!

9 posted on 02/16/2009 8:30:00 AM PST by blondee123 (Barack O'Lenin, King of United Socialist America!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why did Roland Burris lie?

Well he is a DemocRAT and from Chicago:-()

10 posted on 02/16/2009 8:30:49 AM PST by geo40xyz (BE PREPARED: Geo The Engineer says its HUSSEIN & the MSM fault for next 4 years:-))
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To: SeekAndFind

Just a SWAG but I’d guess because he’s a polidiot racists criminal that can do Precedent Stinky BO harm !


11 posted on 02/16/2009 8:33:35 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SeekAndFind
"When Roland Burris testified UNDER OATH..."

Case closed.

Do not pass "Go"

Go directly to jail.


12 posted on 02/16/2009 8:35:36 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (NOW)
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To: SeekAndFind

Try “To get the job!”


13 posted on 02/16/2009 8:38:04 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: blondee123
The political establishment here in Illinois consists of fat, bloated democrats who have fed continuously from the public teat for the last 40 years while giving nothing back in return except for graft and scandal and a bunch of weak, ineffectual country club republicans more interested in coffee klatches and parties than gaining power.
14 posted on 02/16/2009 8:38:17 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The question is, why did he first lie and then quietly file an affidavit admitting the truth?

The obvious answer is that he figured that the truth was bound to come out eventually, so it was better if he broached it than somebody else. But then why did he lie in the first place?

The obvious answer is that it’s a lot harder to fire a black Democrat senator from his job than it is to refuse to appoint him. He obviously figured that once he had been appointed and confirmed by the Senate, then he was golden, and there was no chance, realistically, that the Democrats who control the Senate would boot him out.

What, a bunch of white Democrats boot out a black senator? I think not.


15 posted on 02/16/2009 8:39:41 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: geo40xyz
It's more interesting that the affidavit was filed in February and was suppressed in the media until after the Stimulus vote.

Burris was on the radio in Chicago reading the script about how good the bill was and how dire the situation was that called for the vote. It was as if he was an Obama sock puppet. He did his vote and now he is toast.

16 posted on 02/16/2009 8:42:03 AM PST by Thebaddog (Obama is a goof, pass it on.)
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To: sticker

Why shouldn’t he lie?
It’s not like telling the truth ever advanced a politician’s career.
Where would Obama be if he had told the truth?


17 posted on 02/16/2009 8:42:21 AM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: sticker
Why did he lie? Simple, he is a Illinois democrat, it is in his DNA

Now you may say "All Democrats lie" ... and this may be true. But in Illinois Democrats case, it's bred into them, in-bred into them, and instilled into them from birth.

Illinois Democrats are a special breed. (Take it from someone who lives here, and has been under the control of the Daley state-wide thugocracy for almost two decades now.)

18 posted on 02/16/2009 8:43:52 AM PST by usconservative (The Stock Markets dropped 4% on Inauguration Day. That's a historic Presidency indeed!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does the Burris vote on the stimulus bill count?


19 posted on 02/16/2009 8:46:34 AM PST by duckman (Jesus I trust in You. Mary take over)
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To: SeekAndFind

Every time a liberal opens his mouth,he lies. It’s so natural for them.


20 posted on 02/16/2009 8:48:33 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: SeekAndFind
<"our new U.S. senator proved himself to be a lying little sneak.">

Very fitting-In the image of our new U.S. president himself. Is this a black thing, a dimmacrat thing, or a Chicago thing? Or all of the above?

21 posted on 02/16/2009 8:53:26 AM PST by matthew fuller (have they sent in the clowns yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Notice the lie didn’t come out until the Porkulus vote happened.

Oh well, liars, tax cheats, pay for play, treason and treachery, voter fraud, are imbred into the socialist democrats.


22 posted on 02/16/2009 8:56:49 AM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Who tipped off Burris about the FBI recording?


23 posted on 02/16/2009 8:57:09 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: SeekAndFind

The reasons??? He’s from Illinois, he’s a democrat, he’s a fraud, he’s a criminal, as a democrat it is expected of him, he believes being a democrat excludes him being called on it, because you are racist if you accuse him, pick your own reason, any excuse will do because he is (let me repeat this) a DEMOCRAT and it is part of his heritage.


24 posted on 02/16/2009 9:01:01 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: sticker

Everybody should realize that it is just impossible for a democrat to lie. only everybody else. /s/


25 posted on 02/16/2009 9:43:50 AM PST by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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To: Cicero

Remember, they didn’t want him in the Senate to begin with.


26 posted on 02/16/2009 10:35:26 AM PST by ducdriver (99% of liberals give the other 1% a bad name.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

No Bill Clinton proved perjury under oath is ok in some cases. The question is, in the Burris case, who was wearing a blue dress ?


27 posted on 02/16/2009 2:14:42 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: festus

What happened in the Burris case is that Burris successfully played the race card. No one dared to challenge him, no white man, that is. -and the Obama administration was stuck, they couldn’t call him on the lie without releasing ALL the tapes of Blagojovich, which would have shown that the Obama administration and the SEIU were in the business of buying and selling political positions, as well.

My guess is that Burris was being threatened behind the scenes about being prosecuted and this mea culpa is his way of letting Rahm Emmanuel know that he is going to defend himself, in the press, not behind closed doors. The man is a lawyer, he’s no Uncle Tom, like he presented himself. It’s an act.


28 posted on 02/16/2009 2:23:01 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: SeekAndFind

BTTT


29 posted on 02/16/2009 2:35:34 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: All

I hope the Illinois Republicans don’t push Burris too hard. We WANT to run against him in 2010. He is damaged goods. I would rather run against him than a stronger Lisa Madigan or Tammy Duckworth who would have the benefits if incumbancy.

I really hope they don’t blow it. We have a good chance to win this senate seat if we chose our opposition carefully. Think guys!


30 posted on 02/17/2009 8:05:30 AM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (Hillary Clinton can't hold a candle to Dr. Condolezza Rice.)
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