* 12:18 pm - From a press release comes still more info on this fast-breaking story…
Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan today referred several documents associated with U.S. Senator Roland Burris and his testimony last month before the Illinois House Special Investigative Committee to Sangamon County States Attorney John Schmidt.
Speaker Madigan also sent a letter to Schmidt which began “Pursuant to our telephone conversation today…” So, this is obviously more than just a blind referral. More in a bit.
Documents sent to Schmidt can be found here…
* February 4, 2009 Affidavit and client list of Roland Burris
* January 8, 2009 Transcript of Testimony from Roland Burris
* January 5, 2009 Affidavit of Roland Burris
* 12:29 pm - Speaker Madigan’s spokesman just said that Madigan did not specifically ask for an investigation of Burris’ statements. Instead, Madigan simply told Schmidt that the documents were on the way.
*** 2:12 pm *** It appears that the House impeachment committee won’t be reconvened…
House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office… said it will not reconvene to hear any further testimony from Burris.
I’m told that the above excerpt does, indeed refer to the impeachment committee.
*** 2:34 pm *** Madigan’s spokesman just clarified a point with me. Some have wondered whether Schmidt asked for the material or whether it was offered up by Madigan.
“We initiated the referral,” the MJM spokesman said.
Also, Schmidt has just issued a press release…
Today, the Sangamon County State’s Attorneys Office received from the Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan’s office documents concerning U.S. Senator Roland Burris’ testimony before the Illinois House Special Investigative Committee.
The matter is under review by this office.
* 3:02 pm - State’s Attorney Schmidt just confirmed that Madigan initiated the referral.
Schmidt, by the way, said he would only do “news” interviews, but will not appear on commentary-type cable TV shows. Good for him.
* 4:24 pm - From the attorney general…
Under Illinois law, state’s attorneys have jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute violations of the vast majority of criminal laws, including the perjury law. The Attorney General’s office does not have jurisdiction to investigate these allegations or a grand jury to use in conducting that investigation. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney has jurisdiction to conduct this investigation and prosecute if necessary.
I encouraged the Sangamon County State’s Attorney to take a closer look at this in the interest of truth, integrity and transparency, and I am pleased to learn that State’s Attorney Schmidt is reviewing the issue in an effort to fully understand all the facts related to this matter.