“If I had done the things I’ve been accused of, I’d be too embarrassed to stand up here in front of you because you are my friends. You know the real Roland. I’ve done nothing wrong, and I have absolutely nothing to hide."
—U.S. Senator Roland Burris to the City Club of Chicago, a group of civic leaders, politicians and businesspeople, on allegations that he committed perjury in the impeachment hearing of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Burris, who was appointed by the impeached governor to President Obama’s vacant Senate seat, disclosed this week that Blagojevich’s brother solicited money from him, and that he tried to get friends to donate money to Blagojevich but none of them did. Members of Congress have since called for him to resign.