The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Durbin said he met
with the Senate committee at its request. He
said he won't comment about Burris, his Illinois
colleague and fellow Democrat.
said he met with John Schmidt, the Sangamon
County state's attorney, last week. Schmidt is
reviewing Burris' testimony before the Illinois
House impeachment panel to determine if criminal
charges are warranted.
Durbin said that in both instances he talked
about the events that led up to and followed
Burris' appointment to the Senate.
"Sen. Burris deserves a fair and impartial
investigation; the people of Illinois deserve to
know the truth," Durbin said in a statement.
"And everyone deserves that this matter be
brought to a timely conclusion."
Durbin's cooperation with the committee and
prosecutor are the latest developments for
Burris, who has vowed to stay in his Senate seat
despite coming under scrutiny after new
revelations about how he was appointed.
When he was the state's governor, Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to fill
President Barack Obama's former seat. Blagojevich was later
impeached by the Illinois Legislature after
being accused of trying to sell the seat.