Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the civil rights icon whose name he bears, was being investigated by the Feds for using campaign donations for his personal use at the time of his resignation from Congress.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that Jackson’s plea deal is final:
The feds were questioning witnesses about activity in Jackson’s congressional campaign fund including for transactions specifically in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the source said.
Sources said the 17-year South Shore congressman signed a plea deal last week that acknowledges wrongdoing with respect to misusing his campaign fund.
The source said that Jackson had told others that he tried “protecting” his wife, Sandi Jackson, but “they wouldn’t let him.”
A previous report also said Jackson may get ‘significant’ jail time.
Jackson’s wife, Sandi Jackson, is now being investigated as well and may also face jail time. The investigators are still interviewing people in Chicago and believe that Sandi Jackson had direct knowledge of her husband’s wrongdoing.
Jesse Jackson was accused of using campaign funds to remodel his home and to buy a female friend a $40,000 Rolex watch.
Jackson, Jr., was first elected to the House in December 1995, and was once considered one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars. The former Congressman even played an important role in President Obama’s first election, but after he was implicated in the Rod Blagojevich (D) scandal, that all began to change.