Be truthful, Roland Burris

The Illinois Sen. is giving varying explanations on his appointment. He needs to come clean.

Roland BurrisâÄô Senate nomination by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich back in December was strike one. An Illinois Supreme Court ruling and a few weeks later, Sen. Burris got his second strike. He filed an affidavit acknowledging that, contrary to his sworn testimony during Blagojevich’s House impeachment trial, he had conversations with Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, as well as three other Blagojevich associates before his Senate nomination. Was it a lie? Was it perjury? ThatâÄôs unknown, but the Illinois House Republicans want an investigation for possible perjury charges. The Senate Ethics Committee has already begun a probe into BurrisâÄô misleading trial statements. In the past few weeks, Burris changed his story again and again about his relationship with Blagojevich allies, particularly Blagojevich’s brother. On Feb. 5, he decided to come clean. Burris said he filed the affidavit after reading his transcripts from his sworn testimony in the impeachment trial, realizing his answers were incomplete. Filing the affidavit is the right move to make, but it doesnâÄôt make giving âÄúincompleteâÄù answers in his testimony excusable. For whatever reason he’s trying to be up-front now, itâÄôs just too late. ItâÄôs highly unlikely that BurrisâÄô answers in the trial were simply âÄúincomplete.âÄù ThereâÄôs no way he went into the trial unprepared. He had to have known what he was going to be asked and exactly what his responses were going to be. There was no room for error in that trial, and now that Burris is admitting to not telling the full truth, one can only wonder what else we havenâÄôt heard about. ThereâÄôs only one thing left for Burris to do. Unless he wants to list being charged with perjury within a month of attaining a Senate seat on his tombstone amongst his accomplishments, he should start telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This editorial, accessed via UWire, was originally published in the Daily Illini at the University of Illinois. Please send comments to [email protected]