Burris Says He Stands Behind Blagojevich Removal

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris says the ousting of Rod Blagojevich as Illinois governor speaks "loud and clear" that there were serious hurdles keeping him from doing his job.

Blagojevich was convicted Thursday at his impeachment trial and removed from office. The move comes nearly two months after his arrest on a variety of federal charges, including an attempt to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Late last month, Blagojevich shocked Obama's team and Democrats when he appointed Burris to the vacant Senate seat.

Senate Democratic leaders initially resisted Burris' appointment.

Burris was sworn in two weeks ago after getting his paperwork in order and promising under oath he did nothing in return for the appointment.


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