Jesse Jackson Jr. Subject of Blago-Related Ethics Probe
by Todd Beeton, Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 03:04:07 AM EDT
Jesse Jackson Jr. (aka Senate Candidate A) may have thought that his press conference, during which he adamantly denied any wrongdoing vis a vis accusations that he negotiated with Rod Blagojevich for Barack Obama's Senate seat, put the issue to rest.
An independent panel that reviews possible ethical lapses by members of the House of Representatives has launched a preliminary review of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s efforts to be appointed to the U.S. Senate by ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a published report.
The Office of Congressional Ethics voted in late March for the review, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in a story posted Tuesday on its Web site, citing documents released to parties involved in the inquiry.
The committee has asked for documents, e-mails and other correspondence from Blagojevich's gubernatorial and campaign staff regarding Jackson, Jackson's brother Jonathan and his campaign staff, the Sun-Times reported, citing lawyers close to the probe. It requested information from June through December 2008.
The specifics of the accusations levied against Jackson Jr. involve an alleged deal that Blagojevich thought was in place.
Federal prosecutors say former Governor Rod Blagojevich believed he would get $1.5 million in campaign money if he appointed Jackson to the Senate seat.
Jackson has denied that any such deal was in place.
If Jackson's admission that he was indeed Senate Candidate A weren't enough to essentially disqualify him from running for the Senate seat, this should put the nail in that coffin.