WASHINGTON--The Senate Ethics Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is opening a preliminary probe into Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) and his seeming misleading statements about events leading up to his appointment by ousted Gov. Blagojevich to the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.
"Whenever allegations of improper conduct are brought to the attention of the
Senate Ethics Committee, we open a preliminary inquiry," Boxer Communications
Director Natalie Ravitz said Tuesday.
Burris, on his first statewide swing, said Tuesday he will cooperate with any state and Senate investigations.
A Senate probe could take months.