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Top ethics group calls on Senate to expel Burris

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WASHINGTON--A top ethics watchdog group on Tuesday called on the Senate to expel Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) for the misleading statements he made about the circumstances leading up to his appointment by ousted Gov. Blagojevich.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Melanie Sloan said, "The evidence suggests Sen. Burris lied under oath when he failed to disclose these contacts earlier. As a result, prosecutors should investigate and see if Sen. Burris can be prosecuted for perjury." Sloan continued, "Separately, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics should commence its own investigation to determine if Sen. Burris lied to Senate leadership or the Senate Rules Committee when the Senate was considering whether or not to seat him.

"If so, the ethics committee should recommend that the Senate expel Sen. Burris for improper conduct that reflects upon the Senate."


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Amen! There is NOTHING Burris can say to restore credibility now. In a case already so sensitive because of the appointing governor, there cannot be a whiff of corruption or ethical lapses on the candidate.

I wonder if they can find one in Illinois?

MOAN AND GROAN ALL YOU WANT, THE MAN HAS DONE
NOTHING WRONG, THE OTHER MAN DID THE DIRT, AND
THE OTHER MAN IS GOING TO PRISON!
STOP GRASPING AT STRAWS AND GROW UP!

I always thought the cliche of the old man with a lantern looking for an honest man was a bit much until the sordid details of Chicago and Illinois politics started coming to light.

I agree with Greg. There is NOTHING Burris can say to restore credibility now.

Who asked him to keep changing his story about what occurred between him and Blago go-betweens as he curried favor to win Pres. Obama's former Senate seat?

Former Sen. Obama didn't take his Senate seat seriously enough to actually do his job while he was in it. He was too busy ogling his next career move.

Sen. Burris can't tell the same story twice.

Major housecleaning is in order.

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