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Burris off the perjury hook…
...and the Illinois Democratic party is kept firmly on the Burris one.
Far be it from me to suggest that the Illinois GOP has decided to not do the Illinois Democratic party a favor:
CHICAGO, June 19 (Reuters) – An Illinois prosecutor investigating the appointment of Roland Burris to President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat said on Friday there was insufficient evidence to charge Burris with perjury.
Some of Burris’ answers to questions posed by an Illinois legislative committee in January were vague, but he did not lie about his discussions with then-Governor Rod Blagojevich’s aides concerning his appointment, Sangamon County Prosecutor John Schmidt said in a statement.
“Some of (Burris’) statements were vague, but vague statements cannot support a perjury charge,” Schmidt said.
Even if Mr. Schmidt is himself a Republican who took four months to come to this conclusion. And never mind that having a sitting Senator with an 18% approval rating would make for a confused and possibly bloody primary battle. Or that there’s a reason why the White House isn’t taking sides in this one, and it has nothing to do with a respect for the process. And even if any of that was a factor, I’m pretty sure that nobody is going to be able to prove otherwise.
Just like Burris, huh?
PS: If Illinois voters don’t like this, then maybe next time they can give not picking corrupt suckweasels to run their state government a try. Elections have consequences.
PPS: I am personally sorry for anybody stuck in Illinois and dealing with this situation, but the larger point remains.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.