Ethics Panel Slaps Burris on the Wrist
'Letter of admonition' cites fibs surrounding Blagojevich
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 11:47 AM CST
Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Senate Ethics Committee today issued a “public letter of qualified admonition,” its gentlest censure, to Roland Burris. The Illinois Democrat had been required to come clean about his dealings with then-governor Rod Blagojevich before his appointment to replace Barack Obama, which he did—before amending his testimony. "You should have known that you were providing incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information," the panel ruled.

Burris seized on another section of the letter, in which the committee said it "did not find that the evidence before it supported any actionable violations of law," to proclaim his exoneration, the Washington Post reports. According to Burris, the panel “cleared [him] of any legal wrongdoing.”