U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill, listens during a meeting with local school officials at the Keil Building Wednesday, May 27, 2009, in Decatur, Ill. Burris on Wednesday, denied new allegations of a pay-to-play scheme as newly revealed wiretaps showed him begging for his Senate seat and offering to donate to the campaign of Rod Blagojevich. (AP Photo/ Decatur Herald & Review, Stephen Haas)
Sen. Roland Burris says it wasn't his duty to tell a legislative committee about his conversation with the former governor's brother if lawmakers failed to ask the right questions.
Burris said Thursday he responded to all the questions he was asked. He says lawmakers changed the subject before he could give a complete answer and did not ask follow-ups.
"There was nothing legal ... personal ... or political exhanged in return for my appointment to this seat," Burris said in January. "Absolutely, positively not."
Burris did not reveal that he had talked to the governor's brother about the appointment and whether he would help raise campaign money for Blagojevich.
Details of that conversation came out Wednesday with the release of a recording of the phone call.