[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/02/illinois.senate.seat/art.roland.burris.smile.gi.jpg caption=" Roland Burris, right, says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of him is legal."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A clash over the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama will intensify next week on Capitol Hill when Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill that seat arrives in Washington.
A longtime friend and confidant of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris said late Friday that Burris will be in Washington Monday night and hopes to be seated in the Senate the next day.
That puts him on a collision course with members of the Senate Democratic majority, who have vowed to prevent Burris from taking the seat. At issue: a federal prosecutor's charge that Blagojevich had hoped to barter the Senate seat for either money or influence.