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."