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03/21/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fritchey Denies Helping Burris During Impeachment Testimony

State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) said he had no interest in protecting Roland Burris when the now-senator appeared before the Illinois House impeachment committee last month.

Fritchey is catching political fall-out for interrupting State Rep. Jim Durkin's (R-Westchester) questioning of Burris -- questioning Fritchey's critics say could have forced Burris to admit his extensive contacts with Blagojevich's friends before he was sworn in as senator. Fritchey said Tuesday night he was only being "lawyerly" when he objected to Durkin asking Burris about a hypothetical situation.

"In hindsight, my only mistake was perhaps I should have been more political and less like a former prosecutor," said Fritchey Tuesday night at a fund-raiser for his Congressional candidacy ...

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