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In the house so far -- a little bit about the Roland Burris situation that is -- Been buzzing and brewing outside of the doors and Capitol Hill today if he basically came to the senate.
I was told that his documents were not in order.
He came back out he made a statement to the -- is that I'm told by the secretary of the senate that my documents are not in order I'm gonna consult my lawyers and what that means that -- documents that orders -- the secretary of state Illinois has not signed off.
I'm governor Blagojevich is selection.
Of Roland Burris is the former attorney general of Illinois.
To be the next senator the junior senator -- -- to fill the vacant seat.
Left by president elect Barack Obama's now -- -- up to -- let's bring in our panel Bob Beckel.
In the former manager of the -- a campaign in a Fox News contributor Lynn Sweet as the Washington bureau chief of the Chicago sun times she's been out.
In the middle of it all there today and Monica Crowley as a radio talk show host and Fox News contributor.
Lynn let me start with you on the hill there it ain't in my mind in -- is most recent statement just moments ago.
He basically said -- we will respectfully allow him into the senate as soon as he comes -- -- papers that's about the softest.
You know take on all of this I've heard from Harry Reid -- we see -- change in this game today.
I think it is slowly dawning on the senate Democrats -- that Roland Burris will eventually be a member of the chamber.
But they want to -- delivered to him if that's what the senators do.
They want to -- the they they still want you have a little bit of the process plays out.
Even if -- -- come in today with the credential signed by the secretary of state of Illinois it does not mean there is no plans to sign and then.
They never would have been -- to the senate rules committee because they still had some mob.
An investigation they wanted to do concerning the appointment so for example.
-- we know that Roland Burris had lobbied governor Blagojevich for the post many people -- -- I think there's anything wrong with that.
They just want to know more about what happened my guess would be.
So I do think things are going to come to a conclusion were mentioning -- -- this process to -- -- time.
Right out tomorrow morning -- -- -- senate majority leader Harry Reid and Dick Durbin.
Okay thank you -- Bob let me bring in -- hey you know a lot of folks are asking this question.
How does Harry Reid.
It looked Roland Burris in the face and saying -- me understand you were appointed by the governor of Illinois who has been sitting governor.
He has not been indicted and the most recent legal development in all of this is that Patrick FitzGerald wants another three months.
To work on getting that indictment how does -- look at him and say you cannot come in here.
First of all due respect my friend Brit Hume I for one and not having a lot of fun watching us.
Can you not everybody -- and allied I just can't go on the record as an -- I have and a -- Hot day here.
The -- -- what he's gonna do is look him in the eye and say Roland I've known you for awhile here.
And I'm telling you that we couldn't lead the way -- get away with having these tapes there's -- -- trying to sell the senate seat.
Unless we have some way to please take a pause here.
If you get your paper put together and that was you're you're exactly right mark you put your finger on his papers are signed and I think look Illinois Supreme Court gonna rule on this and they -- -- rule and they.
Where I'm where I'm not this is a very new -- -- hearing from Harry Reid.
I mean the other day on the Sunday morning -- says he's -- -- this man is tainted because of the person who nominated him.
Now we're hearing a totally different story from Harry Reid and he's basically saying.
Yeah there's not much we can do about it and frankly.
Under the lock it appears there is not so doesn't this make Harry Reid look like he's stuck his neck out in a way that is totally inappropriate.
In -- listening to -- changes as the play unfolds in -- particularly in Washington.
And so yeah I think now looking back got -- retrospectively I think.
-- -- Probably realizes that he got a problem here is yet and I think that the Democrats their lives in this for a week.
We gotta get this guy -- he's already spotted on April want them to move on -- blessing you wanted to Supreme Court to shoving down the -- I am not going watching unfold here at this well seeing him realize anybody watching the spectacle today on Capitol Hill it's very hard to now argued that the Republican Party as the party -- disarray.
I think that what we're seeing now on the part of the senate especially Harry Reid is this modified climb down.
In this position as you stated over the weekend we're not how this guy is -- -- right I think now they're realizing it's really unfair to punish mr.
For the alleged crimes and we don't even know yet what FitzGerald is gonna present against Blagojevich.
This governor has not yet been indicted even.
-- -- now says listen I may need three more months ninety more days to to really pull -- case together.
That can withstand a jury trial against this -- with an -- in the last person that wants to be defending Rod Blagojevich but he still has his state constitutional.
Legal authority to appoint rock and Tommy thank you a question if not they may end up with you know -- the need for a special election on high and then you know all bets are off anything can happen if ever Republican and that -- That that's exactly why it will be no special elections gave Illinois I'll guarantee our side not gonna let that happen and we shouldn't that happen that some -- -- normalization that so.
And plus fabulous pictures losers got definitely.
So I look the fact of the matter is that what happens tomorrow I mean the way to keep this story going to use of birth I -- -- sharper today Italian senate.
That would be a big story but this was the big day for the story he did not play out well for the Democrats no question about it they need to find a way -- the -- And Harry Reid is finding his way up to them and I think what I know a lot of democratic senators and -- we don't need.
And I'm sure you're not a lot of -- Democrats assailants let's make this story and today.
I and that dragon on because it's it's not a pretty picture for the transition under a power in that to a particular senate seat in Washington Bob Beckel.
Lynn Sweet who is from Chicago questions covered the story deeply and Monica Crowley thank you often mean he's right about ten.
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