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BURRIS ON TAPE: "If I do get appointed, that means I bought it."

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A transcript of the Nov. 13 conversation between Roland Burris and Robert Blagojevich indicates that Burris fears a donation to the governor has the negative connotation that: "Burris is trying to buy an appointment," Burris tells Robert Blagojevich.
"I'm trying to figure out how to deal with this and still be in consideration for the appointment."
"If I do get appointed, that means I bought it," Burris said if a donation were known.
The bombshell of the transcript? Burris suggested he could help Blagojevich through his lawyer. "My law partner, we were gonna try to do something through the law firm," Burris said. "I might be able to do this in the name of Tim Wright."
Wright told me moments ago that the reference to his name was not for a third party contribution.
"He asked me if I would do a fund-raiser and I told him absolutely not and I said he shouldn't do it either," Wright said of the reference to his name in the transcript. "That's what that's about."
Both Wright and Robert Blagojevich's attorney, Michael Ettinger, did not oppose the release of the tape today in court.
"I have no objection to these tapes being released or played to the public," Ettinger said.

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