The House of Representatives has deferred a probe into whether Rep. Jesse Jackson put in a bid for the president’s Senate seat.
Rep. Jesse Jackson has a little more time before the House of Representatives tries to find out whether he put in a bid for President Barack Obama’s old spot in Senate.
The House’s ethics panel has announced that it is putting off the investigation, which has been bolstered by claims that Rep. Jackson misused his Chicago and Washington, D.C., staffs to launch a public campaign for the president’s former seat.
According to the Associated Press, a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics states that "in doing so, Representative Jackson may have violated federal law and House rules concerning the proper use of the Member’s Representational Allowance." The allowance is money given to each congressional office that is only supposed to be used for official business.
Now the ethics committee is taking a closer look at Rep. Jackson’s relationship with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors asked the House to hold off on the investigation so that it wouldn’t interfere with their case against the disgraced governor.
According to case documents, Rep. Jackson was one of the people that Blagojevich tried to sell the seat to, and Jackson supporters were prepared to raise the $1.5 million that Blagojevich was allegedly asking for. But Rep. Jackson denies that he did anything wrong while pursuing the appointment.
"As I’ve said from the beginning, I have done nothing wrong, nor have I been accused of doing anything wrong. While the Blagojevich investigation goes on, I will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing probe,” he said in a statement Wednesday. "Everyone knew that I was interested in the Senate appointment. I was deeply honored and humbled to receive the support of public officials, organizations and citizens from across the state. My efforts and actions were all public, ethical and legal."
— Sonya Eskridge