A Crooked Senator?
- An attorney for a Chicago man charged with illegally lobbying on behalf of the Zimbabwe government alleged in federal court today that Roland Burris, while a U.S. senator, was involved in a shakedown of a businessman seeking military contracts.
Burris is scheduled to be a key prosecution witness at the trial beginning next week of C. Gregory Turner, who is charged with trying to persuade U.S. government officials to push for the lifting of sanctions imposed on top Zimbabwe government officials.
The allegations against Burris were contained in court papers turned over by the government on Thursday to Turner’s legal team.
Turner’s attorneys did not lay out specifics of the alleged shakedown in court, but one of the lawyers, James Tunick, later told reporters following the hearing this afternoon that the businessman alleged Burris offered to promote military contracts for his business in return for being paid $250,000 a year as a financial adviser once he left the Senate.
The businessman, who lives in Illinois, made the allegations against Burris in 2012, Tunick said. According to the information turned over by prosecutors, at least one other witness corroborated the allegations, according to Tunick.
Maybe Burris can have "Federal Convict" chiseled on that mausoleum he build for himself before he dies.