Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) will continue to have an ethics cloud hanging over his head as the House Ethics Committee on Friday announced it would continue its probe of whether Jackson improperly used House personnel to pursue an appointment from now ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich for Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat.
Read the 300 page report which includes investigative interviews HERE.
Read Chicago Sun-Times Federal Court Report Natasha Korecki's story HERE.
Jackson Response to the Office of Congressional Ethics Report is HERE
Today the House Ethics Committee, according to the law and their on-going responsibility, released an interim report. For the first time in three years my side of the story will be made public and for that I am grateful.
The Ethics Committee will continue their legal responsibility and I will continue to fully cooperate with them. At the end of the process I still believe I will be vindicated.
I have said from the beginning that I publicly and transparently sought to have the Governor of Illinois appoint me to fulfill the final two years of then-Senator Barack Obama's term in the U.S. Senate. I did nothing illegal, unethical or inappropriate in that pursuit and I believe that is what the Ethics Committee will conclude at the end of this process. I did everything within my power to protect the integrity of my office and the people who elected me to serve them.