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Oh, oh … a confession:

Burris.jpgU.S. Sen. Roland Burris who repeatedly denied anyone tied to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited him for cash in exchange for his seat, now acknowledges
Blagojevich’s brother asked him three times to help with fundraising.

In an affidavit Burris quietly filed nine days ago with the head of the
House committee that recommended Blagojevich’s impeachment, Illinois’
new junior senator also said he spoke with three close associates of
the governor about being appointed to the Senate. Prior, Burris only
acknowledged having spoken to one such friend.

Burris said he refused the fundraising request for Blagojevich, who was
removed from office after being charged Dec. 9 with corruption,
including trying to sell the Senate seat Burris now holds.

The new affidavit–filed only after he was seated in Congress–is
Burris’ third account of what happened behind the scenes preceding
Blagojevich’s decision to pick him as Obama’s replacement in the Senate.

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