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Amid Ethics Questions, Sen. Burris Pressured to Resign

Ethical concerns are mounting over new revelations that Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., was asked to raise money for impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW in Chicago gives an update.

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    Exactly how did Ronald Burris win appointment to the U.S. Senate, filling the position vacated by Barack Obama? And did Sen. Burris tell the truth about that process, specifically his contacts with close aides to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich?

    In recent days, Burris has offered several new explanations and revelations, including admitting for the first time that he had attempted to raise campaign funds for the governor at the request of the governor's brother, Robert.

    Editorials in the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post today called for Burris to resign, and new investigations are underway in Illinois and Washington. At a luncheon for the City Club of Chicago today, Burris maintained he had done nothing improper.


    So to anyone, any citizen, any politician, any committee, or organization, or agency, let me say this again: I have nothing to hide, and I will continue to be transparent.

    When the Sangamon County state's attorney would like to question me, I will be there. I will answer anything asked of me by the United States Senate Ethics Committee. If the federal authority would like to talk to me about the contacts I had, I will cooperate in any way I can.

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