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JESSE JACKSON JR. BREAKS HIS SILENCE

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After not responding to requests for comment for days, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
acknowledged today he is under scrutiny by a House ethics panel, saying: "I have done nothing wrong."
His comments come after the Sun-Times first reported Tuesday that Jackson's efforts to secure President Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat are being reviewed in a congressional inquiry.
He said today he is cooperating in the probe -- and is confident it will be dismissed.
"I am cooperating fully with the preliminary review being conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE)," Jackson said in a statement released by his office. "I was notified last week about the inquiry and am eager to answer any questions and provide any information to the OCE about my actions related to last year's vacant Senate seat."
Jackson's statement is his first on the topic, despite repeated requests for comment in previous days.
"As I said when the [Rod] Blagojevich scandal first broke back in December, I have done nothing wrong and reject pay-to-play politics," Jackson said. "I'm confident that this new ethics office -- which I voted in favor of creating -- will be able to conduct a fair and expeditious review and dismiss this matter."
Jackson has been tough to get a hold of lately. The Sun-Times sought to get a comment from Jackson last week and Monday in response to a different story that ran Tuesday -- that Jackson was interviewed by federal authorities.
We were able to reach Jackson's wife, the 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson, and his father -- the Rev. Jesse Jackson -- but neither congressman Jackson, his attorney nor his spokesman would comment.

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