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Rev. Jesse Jackson says he is praying for his son

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Updated: December 19, 2012 3:56PM

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Tuesday that he has been in contact with his congressman son and that the two prayed together this week.

“He’s under medical attention and he’s still in recovery,” Jackson said. “He’s talking to the doctor twice a day. I was talking to him [Monday], we said some prayers together.”

On Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill) was under federal scrutiny as part of a financial probe launched before the congressman took a leave from office in June. The investigation, which is being handled out of the Washington, D.C., field office of the FBI, centers on whether the congressman misused campaign money for personal expenses.

Jackson Jr. remains on a leave from Congress after he said he was ailing and suffered from bipolar depression.

Though he’s up for re-election, he has been absent from the campaign trail — as well as his official duties in Washington.

Asked what he thought about the federal investigation, the Rev. Jackson backed off.

“No, no, no, comment on it,” the elder Jackson said. “I don’t know anything about it, so I can’t comment on it.”

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