February 18th, 2009
12:33 PM ET
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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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  1. Virginia

    The Dems opened this Pandora's box-now they will have to deal with it. Bad choice guys, but then look at what sort of mess we already have after just a month......

    February 18, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Dont blame me

    Just business as usual.

    Another Chicago CROOK for Obama.

    February 18, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Mickie

    He should resign. He admitted trying to get people to put on a fundraiser for the Governor; that's more than just a conversation.

    February 18, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. obama-mama

    Mr. Burris, you my friend are an old fool. Just resign already.

    February 18, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. dan

    Typical Chicago politics, the game has been played this way for years in Illinios probably the most corrupt state for politics in the US.

    February 18, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Walter

    I've got to hand it to the Libs. Through your dishonest actions and back door policies, you're doing more good for the Conservative movement than the Republicans ever could. Keep up the good work, Libs, and we can expect a Conservative resurgence in 2010 and 2012.

    February 18, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I was correct in the idea that he should not have been seated. He carried the taint of the previous governor. I said that people should have waited until a new governor came in. There was a lot to be concerned about given who appointed him. Apparently the idea of Burris being tainted was correct.

    February 18, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Obama Cares

    burris might as well resign, he can start a new party, can call it the (LYING PARTY), top players in the party, MCCAIN, PALIN, EDWARDS, BRAGOVEJIVH, etc., etc., etc.

    February 18, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Gary

    Burris to resign...Is it too much to ask our leaders not to commit perjury? Is it too much to ask our leaders to pay their taxes? Is it too much to ask our leaders not to take bribes? Is it too much to ask our leaders to put the american people first? Right now I am at a point where I would like to see the president and every single member of congress resign and start with fresh new people that aren't so partisan, so selfish, so ignorant. I am hard pressed to find a leader in the White house or congress that is doing a good job.

    February 18, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. S Callahan

    The laws of his state need to be change to allow for a special election should this issue ever come up again.
    Accountablity is a word many in politics never understood. The taxpayers/voters are providing your new copy of definitions.

    February 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. he's done

    I didn't like him to begin with, poison fruit from the Blago tree

    He has demonstrated at a time when he should be walking the transparency line with over doing transparency that he is parsing words

    Gone, not to be trusted

    He is someone that the impeachment process will not be wasted on, get rid of him

    February 18, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Chris

    yes it's time for him to go!!

    February 18, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Lisa

    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....

    February 18, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Christopher Smith

    Im happy that a qualified African-American was selected to fill the position. However, this guys seems to have a strong similarity to OJ he seems to crave public attention..............why doesn't he just shut up! I think he talks too much and inevitably will suffer the consequences.

    February 18, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. rm

    He gots to go!!!!

    February 18, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. EndCorruptionNow

    Time to have a "truth commission" investigate all politicians in Washington NOW. Corruption is rampant at all levels.

    February 18, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. R in Maine

    Each of the legislators who votes for impeachment or even for a hearing for any member should be sworn and have to answer the same questions on the record. Then we can get rid of them all at once for perjury.

    February 18, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. ANGIE-OH

    he should resign. he is a liar. and he lied just to just to get the senate seat. he is washed up as a politican. that big crypt has already erected to himself in the cemetery(with all his accomplishments) he should add "lied to get senate seat" 2008-2009.

    February 18, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Nevada Independant

    What a joke!
    Get this guy out of there.

    Reid and Co. felt enormous pressure to let this guy in.
    See what happens when people make rash decisions without the full benefit of the facts?

    February 18, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Well if the Illinois legislature would have done what their governor wanted done in the first place, which was hold a special election, they wouldn't be in this debacle. I peronally feel that he should be allowed to serve the remainder of his term, but can not run for re-election. It's the only fair thing to do.

    February 18, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Jim in Florida

    Roland Burris

    Brought to you by the corrupt Illinois political machine

    The same machine that gave us Obama

    Burris has one purpose as a sitting US Senator and that is to take care of Burris.

    Soon he will be joined by Al Franken once the theft of the Senate election is complete in Minnesota.

    Change we can all believe in.

    February 18, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Linda32

    He should go. Thought he never should have been instated in the first place. Guess he wanted to put it on his tomb.

    Where did all the McCain/View comments go?

    February 18, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Doug, New Jersey

    Obama, Blago, Burris, Corizine, the list goes on. All lib Democrooks are the same, no values, no honesty, no decency. Those who support them are the takers of our society who do not contribute anything at all to this country, they are just hateful, dishonest people who want to punish those who have worked harder than them and have more.

    We will see if there is still enough decent people in this nation to fight for what is right and just in 2012. The sad thing is that in lib meccas like my state New Jersey, they would elect Blago in a landslide if he ran for governor here. The sick libs in Illinois will elect another lib Democrook and that one will end up in corruption and possibly jail too. Libs have no use for facts, truth, honesty, or morals or values. It is sad to say that about our fellow Americans but you really have to face the facts.

    February 18, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Robin in SC

    There is no reason, other than greed and self serving arrogance, that a politician would want to remain in a position under the circumstances in which Burriss was appointed and now is questioned. Another sad commentary on our legislators and their priorities.

    February 18, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. David

    Illinois Politics is machine politics. Obama and his chief of staff were part of the machine. Let's hope they don't turn Federal politics into machine politics.

    February 18, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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