The Side-eye: House Ethics Committee Plans To Resume Its Investigation On Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Shady Senate Dealings

We’re not sayin’ that Jesse is definitely guilty, however…

The House Ethics Committee isn’t just wasting it’s time resuming an investigation that was damn near closed for no good reason.

The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday it would move ahead with an investigation of whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to buy Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

Chairman Jo Bonner, R-Ala., and ranking Democrat Linda Sanchez of California said the panel voted Oct. 13 to end its temporary deferral of the case that had been requested by the Justice Department. The department has withdrawn its request.

Jackson, D-Ill., has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any wrongdoing. The case was deferred in September 2009.

While the future course of the investigation is not clear, the committee has looked at whether Jackson, or someone acting on his behalf, offered to raise funds for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for an appointment to the Senate seat.

The committee previously revealed that the investigation included allegations that Jackson improperly used his staff in Washington and Chicago to mount a public campaign to secure the seat.

Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, is in his ninth term. He was elected in 2010 with 81 percent of the vote.

Back in September of 2009 Jackson maintained his innocence:

“As I’ve said from the beginning, I have done nothing wrong, nor have I been accused of doing anything wrong. Everyone knew that I was interested in the Senate appointment. I was deeply honored and humbled to receive the support of public officials, organizations and citizens from across the state. My efforts and actions were all public, ethical and legal.”

You better hope that everything comes back as copasetic as you say it is Jesse, because no Rainbow Coalition in the world will be able to help you if it doesn’t…

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