Closing Arguments: Burris Caught on Tape

By David Schoetz

May 27, 2009 11:11pm

nm burris 090527 mn Closing Arguments: Burris Caught on TapePotentially incriminating wiretaps were released today that capture Senator Roland Burris expressing interest in the Illinois seat vacated by President Obama.

In the recording, Burris describes the possibility of raising money for former Governor Rod Blagojevich — and is concerned some may think he’s trying to buy the Senate seat.

"And, if I do that I guarantee you that that will get out and people will say, ‘Oh, Burris is doing a fund-raiser,’" Burris said in the recorded conversation with Blagojevich’s brother. "And then Rod and I both gonna catch hell."

The tape could be damaging. Burris — now under investigation by the Senate ethics committee — previously testified that he never discussed his interest with any Blagojevich associate.

So tonight, we ask you: Is this evidence of a so-called pay-to-play scheme? And if so, what action should be taken?

Tell us what you think.

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