In a contentious news conference, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris says he did not perjure himself and has been completely forthcoming with a House impeachment committee.
Burris said he amended his statement for the house committee in an effort to be complete and any effort to say otherwise "is simply playing in partisan politics."
Burris was besieged with questions about why he failed to mention to the committee that he had three discussions with the ex-governor's brother before he was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Burris and his lawyer, Timothy Wright, repeatedly defended the senator's answers, saying they were only incomplete because of a lack of follow-up on the part of the questioner.
"I thought we were absolutely transparent in this matter," Wright said. He then said the new, Feb. 5 affidavit wasn't about being transperent because they had nothing to hide. "For me, it was about being thorough."
Burris said his three sworn statements didn't contradict one another. He said in his first affidavit, dated Jan. 5, where he said he had no prior contacts with Rod Blagojevich or his staff before his appointment to the Senate he was speaking only of the appointment process. His testimony on Jan. 8 dealt with a different question, he said.
"You all are writing inconsistent news," he said. "If you all report this correctly, this is not a story."
Burris said he refused to contribute to Blagojevich, that he never promised any money or favors.
"I've always conducted myself with honor," he said.
Burris: 'I've always conducted myself with honor'
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