Durbin Statement on the Investigation of Senator Roland Burris

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement today after speaking with members of the Select Committee on Ethics regarding the on-going investigation of Senator Roland Burris (D-IL). Last week, Durbin also spoke with Sangamon County State’s Attorney, John Schmidt, regarding his investigation of Senator Burris:


“At the request of the Ethics Committee, I met with them today to assist in that panel’s investigation of Senator Roland Burris.”


“Last week, at his request, I met with Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Schmidt who is reviewing the affidavits and other materials associated with Senator Burris’ testimony before the Illinois House Impeachment panel to determine if criminal charges are warranted.”


“In both instances, I shared my recollection of events leading up to and following Senator Burris’ appointment to the Senate.”


“Senator Burris deserves a fair and impartial investigation; the people of Illinois deserve to know the truth. And everyone deserves that this matter be brought to a timely conclusion.


So as not to interfere with the two ongoing investigations, I will not be commenting further on the substance of my conversations with the Ethics Committee or the State’s Attorney.”