Blagojevich Fallout and Senator Jackson

April 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The political storm surrounding former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is impacting a fellow democrat. Representative Jesse Jackson Junior said an ethics probe in Washington will prove he has done nothing wrong.

Despite repeated denials of any involvement in the Blagojevich scandal Illinois, Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is once again the subject of scrutiny.

The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating his conduct surrounding the president's former senate seat. Last week's indictment of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich revealed associates of senate candidate number five allegedly offered $1.5 million dollars to the former governor's campaign fund in exchange for appointing that candidate to the seat.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Jackson is senate candidate number five his friends and family have been quick to point out Jackson himself has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

"I think after all of this is done, after all is said and done, I think Representative Jackson will be exonerated," said Danny Davis (D) Illinois.

"Appropriately the congressman and his staff will address this and I'm sure they will," said Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Senator's father.

Wednesday, Jackson Junior released a statement saying: "I am confident that this new ethics office - which I voted in favor of creating will be able to conduct a fair and expeditious review and dismiss this matter."

He has not publicly addressed the matter since last December when he stated: "I did not initiate or authorize anyone at any time to promise anything to Governor Blagojevich on my behalf."

The ethics panel is required to complete its investigation within thirty days, but political scholars say the cloud of suspicion hanging over Jackson could take longer to dispel.

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