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Monday, February 16, 2009

Bungling Burris? [Part 4]

Hopefully, this'll be the last I say about this. But, I wanted to go back in time and see what the rest of us were thinking when Roland Burris was giving his testimony. And, what better place to look than the Capitol Fax Blog.

This is interesting. Quoting from Rich Miller some time after the Burris testimony:

* I never thought having Burris testify was a good idea and I told a GOP member of the committee just that the other day. Burris has the right to crow a little
Roland Burris, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s choice as the next U.S. senator from Illinois, says he “passed the test with flying colors” when he appeared today in front of a legislative committee investigating whether to impeach the governor. […]
“I have nothing to hide,” Burris said at a State Capitol news conference immediately after he finished answering questions from committee members. “I am a hard-working public servant.”
The Lon Monk meeting is quite curious, and he should’ve been asked about it far more than he was, but nobody thought to do it. Maybe the papers will pick it up. If not, this was a very good day for Burris.

Two things come to mind in retrospect. One, Roland Burris was disingenuous in saying he passed with flying colors when he knew that he had failed to give the Committee all the information. Two, it appears that even Roland Burris thought this was about Roland Burris. No, it was about gathering evidence against Rod Blagojevich for an impeachment.

Quoting Rich who was following the Burris testimony:

* Durkin: When did you first become interested in the vacant seat? Burris: After Obama won the Democratic primary for president.

That's consistent with his testimony and supplemental affidavit.

Still quoting Rich:

* So far, nothing has really come up except some allusions to other deals. If Durkin has evidence that contradicts Burris’ testimony, then there will be trouble. If Durkin has no such evidence, then these are just questions.

I'm getting the impression that Mr. Durkin was flailing a little. And:

* You gotta wonder what the Republicans thought they were gonna accomplish with this. So far, as I’ve noted above, they haven’t looked all that great.

Checking the comments during the Burris testimony, it appears no one picked up on the fact that Burris didn't finish answering the question about any other contacts, including with John Harris, Rob Blagojevich, Doug Scofield, and John Wyma. But, how could they when Representative Durkin changed his line of questioning after the Monk answer.

As Rich brought up, Durkin could have delved deeper into Burris' meeting with Monk. Since he did not, we can only assume he must have been satisfied there was nothing else to learn there.

He also did not re-ask about the other contacts, John Harris, Rob Blagojevich, Doug Scofield, Bob Greenleaf, and John Wyma. Since he did not, we must assume he felt he had gotten all he was going to get about any meetings or conversations Roland Burris had with them about the senate seat.

I really think Jim Durkin only has himself to blame for not properly following up on his questions.

I'm done. I think.

Posted by Marie at February 16, 2009 2:34 PM


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