As reported by ABC News, Attorneys for the Justice Department and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. are in talks about a possible deal regarding allegations of campaign finance violations, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Negotiations have been under way for some time.It is unclear whether the talks will result in a plea agreement, but sources say the talks could come to some conclusion soon.
Part of the investigation's focus is on whether Jackson improperly used campaign funds for personal purchases, including furnishings for his Washington, D.C., home. Investigators are also looking at allegations that Jackson bought a female friend a $40,000 Rolex watch. The investigation is being run by the FBI's Washington Field Office. Read More HERE
AAP says: I have been saying for some time that Jessie Jackson is a good man and a great legislator who has become misguided. There is more, as reported by NBC Chicago.com a supporter of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Thursday criticized the congressman's reported decision to seek a possible plea deal while running for re-election.
"To slap us in the face now, you just lied to us. You just lied to us. I feel so betrayed," Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) told NBC Chicago.
Austin said the voters to re-elected Jackson to represent Illinois' 2nd Congressional District deserve to know the truth.
NBC Chicago has been unable to confirm the report or reach Jackson's offices for comment.
Federal prosecutors in October launched a criminal investigation of Jackson, Jr. involving financial improprieties, including possible misuse of funds monitored by Congress to decorate his Washington, D.C. Home.
Jackson's attorneys have met with federal investigators, but a criminal defense attorney unrelated to the case said he doesn't think prosecutors cared about Tuesday's election.
"I don't know if they gave him a pass until after the election but then they're not going to rush because there is an election to charge somebody either," said attorney Steven Greenberg. "They charge you when they're good and ready to charge you."
Greenberg said that if Jackson is working on a plea deal, he likely would be unable to avoid prison time. Read more at: nbcchicago.com/blogs