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Burris plans to attend Senate swearing-in

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's choice to take Barack Obama's Senate seat plans to be in Washington next week when new senators are sworn in, but he won't make a scene if he's turned away by Senate leaders who object to his appointment.

"That is not my style. I am not seeking to be confrontational," former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris said Wednesday.

The Illinois secretary of state has refused to certify Burris's appointment, the lieutenant governor called the selection an insult and Senate Democrats said they would not seat him. Even the president-elect was cold to the appointment.

Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday asked a federal judge for an extra three months to formally indict Blagojevich and his former chief of staff. The move by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office was expected because the deadline for handing up an indictment had been set for Jan. 7. The extension would give prosecutors until April 7. A hearing on the extension request is expected to be held Monday.

Burris plans to attend Senate swearing-in 12/31/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 8:57am]
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