Skip to comments.Case of Jesse Jackson, Jr. is Test for House Ethics Commitee (Holder punted)
Posted on 10/25/2011 9:31:43 AM PDT by jazusamo
Last week, the United States House of Representatives Ethics Committee voted to end its temporary deferral of a case against Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL). The US Justice Department had requested the deferral but has since withdrawn that request. The case had been deferred for over two years.
Jackson, the son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, is in his ninth term in the US House and is under investigation for allegations that he attempted to buy the open US Senate seat that was vacated by President Barack Obama. It has been reported that Jackson's supporters were willing to raise $1.5 million on behalf of Governor Blagojevich's re-election campaign.
While Jackson has maintained that he did no wrong, the investigation will continue. According to Associated Press and reported on theGrio.com, Jackson's office had no comment on the announcement and his attorney was unavailable for comment. In Chicago, the US Attorney's office had no comment on whether its probe of Jackson had concluded.
Congressman Jackson has admitted that he was "Senate Candidate A" in the criminal complaint against then Governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich had considered a number of different candidates for the Obama seat.
Associated Press reported that while the future direction of the House investigation is not clear, the committee has looked at whether the Congressman or others on his behalf, offered to raise money for Blagojevich. The former governor was convicted of numerous charges this past summer including trying to sell the Senate seat.
The Ethics Committee is made up of ten members of the House of Representatives consisting of five from each party. In a statement released by the committee it noted that the extension "does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred."
The committee also stated that it would announce further plans regarding the investigation on December 2, 2011.
NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm said, "Eric Holder's Justice Department has now punted on prosecuting another member of Congress. Since Jackson is African-American and the case involved President Obama's Senate seat, the investigation probably never had a chance."
Boehm continued, "It is now up to the Ethics Committee to conduct a complete investigation. In the wake of the Maxine Waters fiasco, this is a test of whether the Committee can actually function and do its job."
Absolutely no surprise there, Obama picked his AG to be his Consigliere and Holder hasn't disappointed him.
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Jesse Jackson Jr: The turd doesn’t fall from the A$$#0le.
It sure shows that the Chicago Way is play to pay and they're all involved in it. The below excerpt is says it all:
Michelle Obama, Blagojevich implies, received an appointment to a Board for which she was not qualified as a result of a pay to play scheme. What about his wife? After all, Obama ally Valerie Jarrett wants the Senate seat. What about Blagojevichs wife? What about Blagojevichs financial stress?
Blagojevich and his advisers only thought of this as a possibility, for they know Obama has already played the game. Again, these are smart men who know the rules of the game. Why else would they think Obama would participate in a pay to play scheme? Michelle was paid for someone to play, they thought. What about Mrs. Blagojevich? Besides, Mrs. Blagojevich has a Series 7 license. All Michelle has is a license to practice law that was revoked as a result of a court order in 1993.
Blagojevich thought Obama would pay to play, as the Obamas have been engaged in pay to play schemes in the past. That is what Blagojevich thought, and that is why the Obamas are yet again mentioned in a complaint filed in a Court of law.
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