U.S. Sen. Roland Burris in Peoria today said he “welcomes the opportunity” to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Senate ethics committee to answer any questions they have.

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris in Peoria today said he “welcomes the opportunity” to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Senate ethics committee to answer any questions they have.

During a brief news conference at Kelleher’s, where Burris did not take reporters' questions, Burris pledged to provide a full and complete account of his actions and statements.

“I support having any other body or agency look into my testimony as it was truthful and consistent,” Burris said. “There were never any inappropriate conversations between me or anyone else.”

Burris also said he reached out to a Sangamon County prosecutor who is reviewing his testimony and is working on a document that will be provided to the public later this week.

Sangamon County state’s attorney John Schmidt is reviewing documents provided by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to determine whether perjury charges should be filed against U.S. Sen. Roland Burris.

“I have just received documents from the speaker’s office — speaker Madigan — and they will be reviewed,” Schmidt said. “We are reviewing them now.”

The documents include transcripts, Schmidt said. He would not say when his review might be complete.

“To give any deadline is to set yourself up for failure,” Schmidt said. “I literally just received them (documents).”

Burris caused an uproar by releasing an affidavit in which he supplemented his testimony before a legislative impeachment committee that asked whether he had had any contact with anyone close to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, including the former governor’s brother Rob Blagojevich, who was in charge of fundraising for the impeached governor.

Burris did not mention any contact with Rob Blagojevich in his testimony before the impeachment committee but said in his affidavit dated Feb. 4 that the governor’s brother had, in fact, asked him to raise money for the former governor before Blagojevich appointed Burris to the Senate.

Burris has insisted he has done nothing wrong, saying that he didn’t give a complete response to legislators’ questions about contacts with Blagojevich or people close to the former governor because committee members steered questioning away from the subject.

Peoria Journal Star