Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns From Congress
WASHINGTON (AP/WAOK) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. admits to “his share of mistakes” in his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner and acknowledges an ongoing federal investigation.
The Illinois congressman resigned on Wednesday after being on a months-long medical leave for bipolar disorder. His resignation comes just two weeks after voters re-elected him to a ninth full term and amid reports of a new federal probe into possible misuse of campaign money.
In his letter, Jackson says he is doing his best to address the situation responsibility, cooperating with investigators and “accept responsibility for my mistakes.” He also says his constituents “deserve a full-time legislator in Washington,” something that wasn’t in his future because of his health issues.
Jackson was elected Nov. 6 to a ninth full term representing his Chicago area district, despite not campaigning and barely appearing in public since taking medical leave.
He spent election night at the clinic after returning there in October amid reports that he faced a new federal investigation into potential misuse of his campaign finances.
Jackson has reportedly agreed to a deal with prosecutors investigating his dealings with imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the misuse of campaign funds. Jackson is expected to serve some jail time as part of the deal.