State Reps Tell Burris to Resign

Senator omitted important info during January hearings
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2009 5:13 PM CST
Illinois Rep. Jim Durkin, pictured, is calling on Sen. Roland Burris to resign, alleging he committed perjury during his testimony on the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – Two Illinois Republicans are calling on Sen. Roland Burris to resign amid allegations he committed perjury during the Rod Blagojevich impeachment hearings, Fox News reports. State representatives Jim Durkin and Tom Cross are also demanding an outside investigation. "I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don't think the state can stand this anymore,” Durkin said, the AP reports.

Burris revealed this weekend that Blagojevich’s brother asked him for donations to the governor’s campaign, something he neglected to mention during his January testimony.
Burris denies wrongdoing, saying just wanted to “supplement my answer with other events that I have been able to recall." His critics are "playing partisan politics," Burris said.