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Washington former Illinois attorney -- device in -- Roland Burris.
Was turned away from taking pres elect Obama's vacated senate seat Richardson joins us now with the circus on Capitol Hill -- what seeing -- -- you know David was it almost looked like the Bernie Madoff video we've -- except without that happening in this situation.
You had Democrats who were excited after.
Sweeping victories on Election Day coming to congress hoping to hit the ground running with their new -- to get some legislation to a new democratic.
President now you have an all democratic fiasco here these -- Not the pictures that senate majority leader Harry Reid wanted on this the first day.
Of the brand new congress you have Roland Burris tried to a Democrat trying to come up to congress and take his.
Possession of his senate seat or what he calls his senate seat but Democrats are saying no it is a tainted -- only because -- it's tainted appointment.
Because of who's done the appointing probably that's the governor of Illinois.
Here is what mr.
Burris had to say after being turned away.
I presented my credentials.
To the secretary of the senate.
And advised that.
My credentials were not in order that would not be accepted -- -- -- serious -- lobby permitted on the floor.
I am not.
-- to have any type of confrontation.
-- I will now consult with my attorneys and we would determine -- our next step will be.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid had this to say shortly after we brought this -- a couple of minutes ago now we're gonna get a little more specific on it.
The -- is a court case that Illinois is pending to determine.
Whether the secretary of state Jesse White is obligated to sign the certification.
We are awaiting that court decision if mr.
Burris takes possession of valid credentials the United States and it will proceed in a manner that is respectful.
Burris while ensuring that there is no cloud of doubt.
Over the appointment to fill this seat we contacted senator Reid's office to say well.
If the secretary of state from the state of Illinois signs that certification of the court forces you to do so.
Will you -- mr.
Burris the junior senator from Illinois the response that we got back from Reid's office is no there are still concerns that.
-- tainted governor selected him.
Back to you -- rich thank you very much.
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