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Here We Go Again: Ill. State Lawmakers Call for Criminal Perjury Probe into Sen. Roland Burris

Just when you thought the dust has settled for the time being.

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Chicago Sun-Times

State lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation into whether U.S. Sen. Roland Burris committed perjury before a state impeachment panel, in the wake of a Sun-Times exclusive story published online today.
The development comes after the Chicago Democrat failed to initially disclose under oath to a House panel that he was hit up for campaign cash by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother.
State Rep. James Durkin (R-Western Springs) said Saturday that the Sangamon County state prosecutor’s office will be asked to review Burris’ Jan. 8 sworn testimony before the House panel to determine whether Burris (D-Chicago) perjured himself.
“I don’t trust anything that comes out of Roland Burris’ mouth or from his pen,” Durkin said.
“We had a major league situation facing us. This is a United States senate seat that came under the most clouded of circumstances,” Durkin said. “This is supposed to be about the year of reform this is about ethics and about transparency.”

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Former Secret Service Agent Jon MacDonald to Be Inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

By Allan Lengel
Jon MacDonald, a former U.S. Secret Service aqent, will  be among nine people inducted into the Maine  Sports Hall of Fame on May 31, the Maine Sunday Telegram reported.
MacDonald played basketball, football (four years as quarterback) and baseball (four years as shortstop) at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine, the paper reported.
As a guard on the basketball team, he scored 1,223 points and was selected to the Parade magazine All-American high school basketball team. He earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he was co-captain of the team in 1969.
MacDonald served all around the country as an agent for the Secret Service from 1970 to 1990. In 2006, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island.

Negotiations May Clear a Path for Karl Rove to Testify Before Congress

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Congress is salivating at the thought of getting Karl Rove to testify on the firings of 9 U.S. Attorneys. It looks like it may happen.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — White House lawyers and representatives for former president George W. Bush are engaged in discussions that could clear a path for congressional testimony by onetime Bush aide Karl Rove, three sources familiar with the talks said yesterday.
Word of the negotiations came on the same day that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) issued Rove a fresh subpoena regarding his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006, allegedly for political reasons.
Rove has deflected congressional demands for information about the dismissals by citing executive privilege and instructions from Bush. But Democrats say President Obama’s view of the matter may open the door for Rove’s eventual appearance on Capitol Hill.
“I believe that continued defiance of the subpoena is even less tenable in light of the fact that Mr. Rove is now the former adviser to a former president,” Conyers wrote yesterday in a letter to Rove’s attorney, Robert D. Luskin.
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