U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. denied any wrongdoing Wednesday in the corruption case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, after his lawyer acknowledged that the Illinois congressman was likely the "Senate Candidate 5" named in the FBI complaint. [...]I didn't think this could get any better, but my goodness wouldn't a Jesse Jackson Jr. indictment just be the whipped cream topping on this whole corruption case?
Senate Candidate 5 is listed in the FBI complaint, which includes a compendium of wiretapped conversations involving Blagojevich and his allies, as being named by the governor as an option for Obama's Senate seat because he would pay or raise money to Blagojevich's re-election campaign.
According to the affidavit, in a Dec. 4 recording of Blagojevich with an unnamed adviser and unnamed fundraiser, the governor says he may be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate 5 that provides Blagojevich with something "tangible up front."
If Blagojevich ran for re-election, Senate Candidate 5 would "raise money" for the campaign, the affidavit alleges.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Jesse Jackson Jr. Denies Wrongdoing In Governor's Corruption Case