Burris Impeachment Panel Testimony Key To Senate Seating

02/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Perry Bacon Jr. Washington Post

After meeting yesterday with Roland Burris, who is a Democrat and a former attorney general of Illinois, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said the Senate would consider seating Burris if his appointment is certified by the Illinois secretary of state and the testimony he delivers today in Springfield before a panel of Illinois legislators investigating Blagojevich reveals no impropriety in the process through which Burris received the appointment.
Burris will testify today before a panel of 21 members of the Illinois House of Representatives who are investigating whether to impeach Blagojevich, who faces corruption charges that including attempting to sell to the highest bidder the seat Obama vacated after winning the presidency. Reid said Democrats would watch that session closely.

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