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Well in just over an hour from now Roland Burris is set to arrive on Capitol Hill.
There he plans to take the Illinois senate seat vacated by president elect Obama.
Problem is the senate majority leader Harry Reid will not let it happen.
He says Burris does not have the credentials that he needs to participate in the swearing in ceremony.
Because the Senate's parliamentarian.
Has refused to accept -- -- appointment without that certification.
Of the Illinois secretary of state secretary of state says you're not getting it.
Burris and governor Blagojevich.
A Democrat who appointed him maintained that the seats.
Is -- his -- joining us now governor Rod Blagojevich is acting chief of staff.
Clayton Harris he joins us live from our DC bureau mr.
-- good morning -- -- -- -- -- thanks for being here so.
So Roland Burris -- not showing up on Capitol Hill and trying to take that senate seat.
That senate majority leader -- the sergeant at arms have made clear it is not going to happen.
How can you and mr.
Burris maintains that he has the right to take that seat.
Before the Illinois secretary of state has certified the appointment.
Well one that things were looking that is the governor.
Has constitutionally and legally.
Roland Burris has this senate.
Senator to fill -- -- -- senate spot vacated by pres elect Obama.
According to Illinois constitution and law -- governor is allowed to make this appointment.
The governor then did make the appointment he announced his intention to appoint Roland Burris any filled out this certificate of appointment.
This -- -- it is -- supposed to be.
Certified by the secretary of state.
That point in time present it I think that the legal precedent that they arguing this Marbury vs Madison that once the governor.
-- the CEO of the state in the duly elected.
Governor of the state has made disappointment and made it known that this is Susan intention.
For the appointment that at that point time it becomes a legally.
Executables document I gotta have a secretary of state certified.
That is one of the things but the the holding -- Marbury vs Madison is one that they probably will argue before the Illinois Supreme Court.
-- you're going back I think you're going back quite a ways for your legal president although it's an important president to tip to base your gonna let let me ask you this black people look at governor Rod Blagojevich obviously he's -- -- right now he's facing impeachment.
He's facing up possible indictment it looks like that will happen -- says Patrick FitzGerald the US attorney.
And a lot of people say he's got a lot of golf he's got a lot of -- I'm making -- appointment.
Under those circumstances that he does not have the trust of the -- of the Illinois people and he should not have done this your response.
The problems that are opinion right now notwithstanding the state of Illinois still has to operate.
We've been charged for that singular duty is to make sure that the state continues to operate regardless of what's going on.
With the governor the governor still the sitting governor he still legally the governor and constitutionally recognized as governor of the state of Illinois.
And as such I believe that the governor police said it is his duty to ensure that Illinois represented by two senators in here in the nation's capital.
-- the latest polls suggest that he has the support of 8%.
Of the citizens of Illinois only 8% believe.
The faith in truthfulness of Rod Blagojevich do you think it was appropriate for him to go ahead with an appointment for a senate seat that he's accused of bargaining with illegally.
Given those numbers.
I think that's have -- about question in the points that you rates -- -- Extremely valid I think what people need to do is look at the man who's put in there in the process in which Roland Burris was put in are selected to be the senate.
Appointee from Illinois I don't think anyone has seen that Roland Burris was engaged -- in battle with anything that is the governor is being accused.
I don't think anyone has said anything about the credentials from Roland Burris.
And certainly no one has impugn the integrity of Roland Burris so with that with you separate the legal and the that the problems that are going on with the governor in eleven -- I have to -- but I want to ask your question very quickly there's that your allegation that.
From the governor Blagojevich that Harry Reid openly objected to the three black.
Candidates who he was considering appointing for -- to this position Harry Reid's office denies it what do you say about it.
I had absolutely no idea whether Harry Reid's office contacted the governor or whatnot or any conversations that they may have had.
Thank you so much for being -- as we appreciate it.
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