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Shall Illinois senate nominee Roland Burris is meeting -- senate democratic leaders today after being denied entry to the senate chamber -- yesterday.
Appointed by embattled Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to replace pres elect Barack Obama's seat.
-- is likely heading to the court sticking in the senate seat.
Joining me this morning to discuss the senate hopefuls options is Timothy -- the third person -- counsel with the law firm.
Gonzales -- L and -- Good to see you mr.
-- thank you so much for taking the time we understand that mr.
Burris is scheduled to meet with top democratic leaders today.
Do you anticipate.
A better outcome than you received yesterday.
-- -- Think -- outcome would be better and we received yesterday.
I think all permanently if senator Roland -- is allowed to join.
This fellow members in this sort of take the gulf and perform the duties of -- -- on behalf of the solution or north.
Will be -- much -- it.
You know there is a lot being talked about in terms of what's happening in the state of Illinois particularly with the secretary of state -- Jesse White.
Who did not signed the petition.
In addition to governor Blagojevich the members of the senate are saying and that is why he cannot be sworn an.
Why would the secretary of state in Illinois not signed the paperwork.
First let me explain I think this is a -- here.
I think because the seventeenth amendment of the US constitution does not require that'd be -- signed or are still -- -- There's an executive action that occurs.
That action has occurred everything has been done in fruits of that and under moreover medicine.
He became the senators the German citizen senator -- -- -- -- Now you have to question about Jesse White and why did in fact I can't look into it motive as to why I can -- what I saw.
I saw him -- majority leader Reid.
In -- conversation.
And -- calling him to thank -- -- -- friend that I could only then believe it is simply conjecture.
If they were working together in order to prohibit.
Senator Roland Burris from caterers office.
You know and -- -- say that it's also were respecting gay issues the white the secretary of state.
Sense that since he has not signed.
The appointment for -- -- she certainly -- congress signed.
And place to sell -- on a commission to hold -- special election.
For the vacancy and congressman -- commandos district.
So I guess in that instance he thought the governor put before bad action but -- sped to senator -- -- commission.
I guess he felt that he could say could not so we have a secretary of state ethnicity facto governor and that's not provided for in the constitution.
So what do you do next I understand that he's -- meet with top democratic leaders today he also have to appear in -- of jury tomorrow to testify.
In the impeachment proceedings for governor Blagojevich what do you do next.
Well I think what we have done at first is that we have long backward into motion to the Illinois Supreme Court.
We've answered -- at Warner -- of -- -- which would require the secretary of state to do what is required by law.
Which is to congress sign and affix yourself -- to ministerial duty.
And there's no discretion and it so we've actually live here at.
What respect to.
The special investigative committee.
We we want to testify we've agreed to testify.
We've put four financially David.
And would offer that to the senate majority leadership.
So the story is very clear there was not that involved with respect -- -- except for senator Roland Burris wanted to serve.
The people of the state of Illinois and that's become very apparent what we're going to do with this ever -- fourth.
With the senate and he should also understand that -- -- -- number true.
Why they can't -- certain form.
They provide an opportunity for you to present the warm and is several different -- and we have certainly it's clear.
It'd be I'm.
It is about -- -- -- credit quite frankly.
They go disappointment for -- they've known that the government and everything he had to do -- of -- And I think that we OK just behind -- that the people's business move forward.
right let me ask you got this you held a press conference yesterday -- there was it a circus of photographers following new guys.
When you went to meet with his secretary of the senate.
It -- it it has a lot of people wondering two things either either number one.
Are you concerned that if in fact the governor were to be in -- that in fact.
Roland Burris would not be the selection of the deputy lieutenant governor or number two are you.
Of the belief that by creating enough.
Noise around this had to get senators like Dianne Feinstein yesterday who said you know what we need to rethink this and we need to see him.
-- -- What we did yesterday what to do what the other 100 or 99 and that it -- -- it -- senators.
We want to work.
Roland Burris went to present his credentials to be sworn in -- you -- and they had to do it duties is to -- in punitive.
Yes shows a lot of restaurant there but it was impressed that we created it was -- who came to see what was going on.
Now home you know would act excuse declaration.
As to whether or not a lieutenant governor.
Let me just say -- that unequivocally.
There is no vacancy to a point through.
Under the law roller burns is in -- is senator of the state of Illinois.
And so there's not going to be an additional -- They general survey is not -- -- -- a special election.
Because they hear that vacancy has -- ago.
Now what this shattered bodies -- do is move to see lower birth to put this behind us -- isn't senator.
All right -- mr.
-- I want to thank you so much for taking the time to join us this morning and of course keep us up to date on the legal battle we appreciate you joining us.
Actually thank you very.
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