Jesse Jackson Jr. May Have Gotten Tip About Probe Into His Finances

Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 03:03 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Jesse Jackson Jr. may have been tipped off to the investigation that ultimately led to his resignation from Congress, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Sources with knowledge of the probe told the newspaper that investigators “believe Jackson had learned of the federal scrutiny of his financial activity’’ prior to June 10, the day he left Congress on medical leave, citing “exhaustion.’’

That doesn’t necessarily mean the tip was from an investigative source, the sources added, saying it was possible Jackson got word from someone who was notified about the probe, possibly through a subpoena.

Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, submitted his resignation to House Speaker John Boehner last week in a letter that began, “During this journey I have made my share of mistakes.’’

The 47-year-old son of civil-rights leader Jesse Jackson had been under investigation for alleged campaign irregularities. News reports said those allegations included using donor money to remodel his home and buy gifts.

A primary to select Jackson’s successor for the 2nd Congressional District seat of Chicago’s South Side and surrounding suburbs will be held in February.

The Sun-Times said about a dozen Democrats have been mentioned as possible candidates.


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