Senate Ethics Panel to send written questions to Roland Burris

The Senate Ethics Committee probe of Sen.

Roland Burris is moving to its next phase, seeking information from Burris himself, after having interviewed Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and asking for the release of federal wiretaps.

The investigation, I have learned, is following its usual process -- and that means the next step is sending written questions to Burris. While Durbin and Reid were interviewed by the panel in March, Burris has not yet been asked to appear before the committee, which started its work in February.