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Blagojevich & Burris Back: Recordings To Be Released

Burris on Jan. 6 outside the Capitol, when he made his case to be seated in the Senate. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Remember when the Rod Blagojevich story just wouldn't go away?

And when Roland Burris stood in the rain, demanding the right to be seated in the Senate? It was only this past winter, but it seems so long ago.

Well, they're back. At least briefly.

A federal judge, the Chicago Sun-Times and other news media report, has "authorized the release of audio tapes of secret wiretaps of conversations between U.S. Sen. Roland Burris and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother to a Senate ethics committee."

An attorney for Burris says the evidence will vindicate the senator. Delmarie Cobb, a spokesman for the senator, tells NPR's Cheryl Corley that the recordings will show the senator was consistent in the testimony he gave to an Illinois state House impeachment committee and in an affidavit he submitted to the U.S. Senate.

As the Chicago Tribune reminds us, the Senate Ethics Committee "is investigating how Burris came to be named to the Senate in the wake of Blagojevich's arrest for selling the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama."

Cheryl also notes that Blagojevich and his brother face federal charges of attempting to sell Obama's seat.