Burris keeps silent as more calls for his resignation come


U.S. Senator Roland Burris remained quiet over the weekend, even as calls for him to resign grew.

The Better Government Association, a nonpartisan government watchdog group, wants Burris to step aside. Jon Stewart, a Republican candidate for the 5th congressional district, also wants Burris to resign. He left a letter at Burris' home with the request. Governor Pat Quinn said Friday Burris should step down. The White House urged the senator to take this weekend to consider his future, but did not call on him to resign.

Meanwhile, the Senate's republican leader, Mitch McConnell, says he hopes the Senate Ethics Committee makes a quick recommendation on what to do. It's started a preliminary inquiry. Whatever the recommendation, the full Senate would make a final decision.

Burris brushed off reporters' questions Saturday and Sunday as he left his Chicago home. A person speaking on the condition of anonymity said federal authorities interviewed Burris Saturday as part of the corruption investigation of former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Media outlets, also citing unnamed sources, report the meeting happened at the Chicago offices of Burris' lawyer.

Burris is accused of not being entirely truthful when he testified before an Illinois House Impeachment Committee about his contact with people representing then-Governor Blagojevich. Burris has asked people not to rush to judgment. His spokesman says Burris plans to return to D.C. Monday or Tuesday.

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