February 18th, 2009
12:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Calls for Burris resignation intensify as new details emerge

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris leaves a news conference on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois.
U.S. Sen. Roland Burris leaves a news conference on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois.

(CNN) - The Washington Post added its voice Wednesday to a growing chorus of demands for the resignation of Sen. Roland Burris two days after he detailed conversations with impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother that he failed to mention under oath.

Burris, appointed by a scandal-wracked Blagojevich to fill President Obama's vacant Senate seat, told reporters Monday night in Peoria, Illinois, that he had three conversations with the governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich.

In them, the Democratic senator said he discussed possibly raising money for the governor before ultimately declining to do so.

Burris said he had talked to some people about holding a fundraiser but told the governor's brother shortly after Obama's election that no one was willing to donate. In a third conversation, he finally said it would be inappropriate to raise money because he was interested in the Senate appointment.

"This latest revelation makes a mockery of his professions of no quid pro quo," the Post argued on its editorial page. "It is a violation of the public trust. The people of Illinois have suffered enough. Mr. Burris should resign."

The paper also said, "Mr. Burris's story has more twists than the Chicago El, and none of them good."

On Tuesday, the largest newspaper in Illinois also called for Burris to resign. In an editorial on its Web site, the Chicago Tribune said that "the benefit of the doubt had already been stretched thin" with Burris' explanations of his appointment, and that with his most recent comments, "[i]t finally snapped like a rubber band, popping him on that long Pinocchio nose of his."

Updated 12:33 p.m.

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soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. LOL

    AGREE: STOP MAKING THIS A BLACK & WHITE ISSUE, THE BOTTOM LINE HE LIED NO MATTER WHAT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN AND THE SHAPE OF HIS EYES. HE NEEDS TO RESIGN. WHEN IS THIS COUNTRY GOING TO STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT RACE. I FIND IT FUNNY THAT ALMOST EVERY WHITE YOUNG WOMEN SPENDS MORE TIME IN THE TANNING SALONS & IN THE SUN TRYING TO GET DARK.

    February 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. KWAME

    BURRIS & BLAGO TV SHOW

    February 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ Nebraskan, who asked "Innocent until proven guilty….right?"

    NO. In American politics the accusation = the conviction.

    February 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Kerrigan W

    Dont blame Obama he didnt appoint him, that crock blago did!! And Burris is a flaming liar!!!

    February 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    The Demoncrats should have stood firm and not allowed him in.

    BUT....

    They were afraid of the "race card" and that is why he is there.....

    February 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. GB

    I knew this was going to happen. He was too eager for that seat.

    The only way he could have honorably sought the seat was to publicly decline the appointment until the Illinois government could figure something out. He could have come out as gracious and deserving. I knew he was tainted when he showed up in Washington demanding the office.

    February 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Gary in VA

    Who cares he will only be in the seat until 2010 unless the people of Illinois vote otherwise. It's not that important and If we really went after the crooks of washington we probably would have a congress or senate. So give it a break and tend to more important things. Can this problem with Burris meaning getting rid of him give us more jobs. Stop exporting of american jobs or fix the housing mess. I really don't think so. People get your head out of the sand. If you could deal with George Bush for 8 years I am sure you can deal with Senator Burris for about 24 months.

    February 18, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Tom

    In todays political world...if you don't have an impecable record you're out of the game...hit the road Burris!

    February 18, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Darryl

    He's as crook.

    February 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Randy from MD

    They already have his vote on the spending I mean stimulus bill. Time to cut him loose!

    February 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Kevin, TN

    I'd suggest the "Senator" not measure for draperies. I also hope he got a round trip ticket back to Illinois.

    See ya, Burris, wouldn't want to be ya.

    I think his tombstone should have an asterick.

    February 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Chuck in CSG

    Lisa February 18th, 2009 9:33 am ET

    This man has done nothing… I've never heard of this guy until he wall selected for the seat… but from what I can see he hasn't done anything wrong… The Repubs are treating him worse than those on wall street… They are trying to keep the eyes off wall street and keep then on the Dems… Dont fall for this same trick again and again and again… Repubs are really sneaky… when it has anything to do with the american people they are against it… so sad….

    Surely Lisa, you jest!

    February 18, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Wisconsin

    Some people just aren't getting it. It has nothing to do with him actually paying or collecting money for Blago. It is the point that he didn't bring this up under oath when asked about it. He was asked directly under oath if he spoke to Blago's brother Rob. He avoided the question. He was under oath. He has to go.

    February 18, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Patriot Guy

    RESIGN, YOU LITTLE OPPORTUNISTIC CROOK!!

    February 18, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. No Hillary = No Obama

    This guy's days in the Senate are numbered.

    February 18, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Geithner before Burris

    Treasury Secretaru Geithner ought to resign before Senator Burris becasue Geithner absolutely, positively did something wrong, whereas, Burris is only suspected of it. Let's not set two standards here folks.

    And before Burris goes, perhaps Pelosi and reid should resign for stealing taxpayer money.

    And maybe Barney Frank should go for failing to oversee Fannie Mae and the banks....

    People forget that for the past 40 years, the GOP has been incontrol of congress for just 6 years. It is the Democrats thathave driven this country down into the toilet

    February 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. shoegazer

    This whole affair has been sordid from the outset.Clean it up and move on,there are bigger fish to fry.

    February 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. BeefyDaddy

    Throw the bum out!!

    February 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. chuck

    Burris spoke to the Blagojevich brother about a fundraiser then asked around about donations, but no one would contribute. Burris knew better than anyone else in the world that this is the type of information the Illinios Congress was looking for during his questioning. This was the smoking gun that most needed to be revealed. But since no one would donate he thinks that makes him innocent. Sounds like these people had much more common sense than Burris and are much more capable of holding a senate seat. He didn't think it was inappropriate until he got a consensus from other people that is was inappropriate. Only then did he suggest to the Blago brother that is was inappropriate. This is the first thing that should have popped out of his mouth when he sat down at the congressional questioning. This question didn't need to be asked by anyone. He knew this is what they wanted to know most and tip toed around it until he was a U.S. Senator blessed by Harry Stupid Reid.

    February 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Lisa, Penn State

    @Walter

    Oh Walter, dream on, there's no way the Rethugs are winning in 2010 or 2012. George 7th Worst President Bush has cooked your goose for a very long time. Your party isn't going very far, even if you do have Mr. Minstrell Man heading up the RNC.

    February 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Gracie

    Burris, Burris ,, Burris.

    You should NOT have been in such a hurry to be seated the new Senator of Illinois. YOU Sir, should created such a media "circus" in Washington. YOU Sir, created all the "flood lights" to be turned on you because you continued to run your mouth in front of a hundred Reporters with tape recorders and video equipments.

    The very FACT that you contradicted yourself, clearly proves your incompetence and serious lack of credibility.

    YOU Sir, should have DEMANDED a special election back in Illinois, the reason you didn't, is because you KNEW you would LOSE based on the FACT you haven't been TRUTHFUL and the lies have caught up to you NOW!!!!

    PLEASE RESIGN and LET THE STATE OF ILLINOIS GET BACK TO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

    WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS REPEATED CIRCUS SHOW FOR FAR TOO LONG.

    Enough already. You need to step down.

    February 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Michigan

    He should resign, anyone who would have even accepted to position in the midst of the Rob scandal obviously doesn't have the countries best interest in mind.

    February 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. arithmetic is liberal

    Thumbs down on Burris.

    The Democrats and liberals have no need for seedy politics clouding the landscape – we already had 8 years of corruption from the other side.

    February 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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