The feds asked a congressional ethics committee to back off its probe of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. That's because the panel's work started overlapping a federal probe, the Chicago Sun-Times reported today.
The ethics office said Wednesday it was investigating whether Jackson used tax-backed resources -- in the form of his Chicago and Washington, D.C., staffs -- to vie for the U.S. Senate seat appointment last year. The now-indicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the time was in charge of appointing a replacement to the seat vacated by President Obama.
"Rep. Jackson may have violated federal law and House rules concerning the proper use of the member's representational allowance," the panel indicated.
Among the areas of inquiry in an ongoing federal probe tied to the case of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is whether Jackson's congressional staff had authored letters of support for Jackson, then distributed those letters to different interest groups. The groups then are alleged to have put their organization names and signatures on the letters and sent them to Blagojevich.