Sunday, February 15, 2009

Freedom to Lie Under Oath

Senator Roland Burris's appointment was already suspect. He confessed to not telling the complete story to Illinois legislators. The Washington Post reported:

In a sworn affidavit made public Saturday, Burris said that the governor's brother asked him in a series of conversations to raise campaign funds for Blagojevich, who was later charged with trying to profit from his executive actions and removed from office.

The affidavit was Burris's third attempt to describe his contacts with the Blagojevich team during the months before his surprise appointment. It differed on several key points from the testimony he gave under oath to an Illinois House of Representatives impeachment committee.

The bar for American leadership is in free fall.