Jesse Jackson Jr. camp silent on federal investigation
BY NATASHA KORECKI Political Reporter Twitter: @natashakorecki October 15, 2012 7:24PM
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been spotted out at a Washington D.C. bar, The Bier Baron, two nights last week, according to Gawker. | Jodi Enda~Special to the Sun-Times
Updated: December 19, 2012 3:56PM
Federal subpoenas have already been sent out. Witnesses with ties to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. have been interviewed. Recently, Jackson’s attorneys met with federal prosecutors in an attempt to dissuade them from taking further steps against the congressman.
By all accounts, the criminal investigation into Jackson’s finances is in an advanced stage of development.
Since the story was first reported last week by the Chicago Sun-Times, however, neither Jackson, his attorneys, his publicly elected wife, his staff or his famous father have publicly commented.
That is with the exception of a Jackson congressional spokesman, Frank Watkins, who told the Sun-Times Friday he was not in regular contact with the congressman and did not even have a phone number for him.
On Monday, the online blog Gawker reported that Jackson was spotted at a DuPont Circle bar in Washington, D.C., last week, drinking with two women.
Jackson’s family had previously said that Jackson was at his Washington, D.C., home but remained under a doctor’s care. He has been on leave from Congress since June. Sources with knowledge of the investigation say that the federal probe into Jackson involves whether he improperly used his campaign fund. The sources said that Jackson’s attorneys raised his recent illness in their discussions with authorities.
“I really can’t communicate with you right now, I’m on a plane,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said before hanging up on Monday. He later could not be reached.
Jackson Jr. remains on the Nov. 6 ballot. His adversaries have called on Jackson to campaign or drop out of the race. He faces Republican Brian Woodworth and independent Marcus Lewis. Anthony W. Williams intends to run as a write-in candidate.
Jackson has been on leave since June 10 and his aides eventually said the congressman suffered from bipolar depression.