From NBC's Doug Adams
In brief statements to reporters in Peoria, Ill., today, where he is on a statewide speaking tour, Sen. Roland Burris said he has "nothing to hide" and offered to answer questions before "any and all investigative bodies," including the Senate Ethics Committee.
Burris said his testimony about contacts with impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagovich, are "truthful and consistent." He added that "there were never any inappropriate conversations between me or anyone else."
Burris did not take any questions, and quickly left the room. Reporters are eager to question him after reports that last night he admitted he tried to arrange a fundraiser for the governor last fall, but was unable to persuade friends to contribute.
NBC's Lee Cowan reported on MSNBC that though Burris may have admitted to trying to raise money for Blagojevich, essentially, there were no takers. Therefore, he is technically, standing by his statement that he did not raise money for or donate to Blagojevich.
Here's a rough log of Burris' statement, per NBC's Mark Hudspeth:
I have nothing to hide. I welcome the opportunity to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the ethics, the Senate Ethics Committee to answer any questions they have
In fact, earlier today one of my advisors placed a call to the Sangamon County's state's attorney, John Schmidt, in an attempt to inform them that I welcome the opportunity to review the facts in this matter in a full and complete account of my actions, statements, and contacts.
I look forward to sitting down with the federal officials and addressing this with them, and I support having any other body or agency look into my testimony as it was truthful and consistent. There were never any inappropriate conversations between me and anyone else.
I will answer any and all questions to get that point across to keep my faith with the citizens of Illinois.
We are working on a concise document that will be provided to the public later this week. Thank you very much and God bless.