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Perjury charges against Illinois Sen. Burris have been dropped. As CNN reported:
Bill Clinton explains the situation eloquently:
"It is clear from the conversation that Robert Blagojevich's call was to raise money for Governor Blagojevich and not to discuss the vacant Senate seat," Schmidt said in a letter sent Friday to the speaker of the Illinois House.
Schmidt compared Burris' testimony with transcripts of phone calls recorded by federal investigators probing Blagojevich last fall. Those transcripts were made public last month.
Burris could not be convicted of perjury, he said.
When a state representative asked Burris under oath in January if he had spoken to members of Blagojevich's staff or family about his interest in the Senate seat, Burris responded, "I talked to some friends about my desire to be appointed, yes." ...
During a November 18 conversation, Burris told Robert Blagojevich, "I know I could give him a check" -- then added that he might make the contribution under the name of his attorney, Timothy Wright, " 'cause Tim's not looking for an appointment."
Burris then promised that he'd write the check by December 15.
Throughout the talk, Burris pressed Blagojevich to tell him how he could help with the campaign without looking like he bought the appointment.
"I'm trying to figure out how to deal with this and still be in the consideration for the appointment," he said.
"I hear ya. No, I year ya," Robert Blagojevich responded.
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement...."So there was no perjury even though there was a payment and there was an appointment.
If it walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a... misinterpretation. Don't you love Illinois politics? Reminds me of Detroit Politics.