In what’s shaping out to be a pretty dreadful year for Jesse Jackson’s Jr., the Chicago congressman who has been on medical leave for bipolar disorder is now the subject of a criminal investigation for misusing campaign money to spruce up his house.
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The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett and Evan Perez report that a FBI probe of Jackson is in its “final stages … according to people familiar with the matter,” with the possibility of an indictment coming before the November election. The paper reports Jackson’s attorneys tried to get assurances that an indictment wouldn’t come before Nov. 6, but Justice Department officials refused to make any promises. He’s alleged to have “misused campaign money to decorate his house,” reports the Journal. Evidence of a probe’s existence first appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday, but the paper didn’t report why the congressman was being investigated. Sources did tell the paper, however, that it involved Jackson’s finances. After the Journal leapfrogged the Sun-Times last night, the paper followed up with details of some unusual activity involving the sale of Jackson’s home, which seems to have tipped off investigators:
The Jacksons put their Washington, D.C., home on the market last month at a price of $2.5 million. The listing was public and included the property’s address as well as multiple photos of the inside of the home. A campaign spokesman said at the time that home was put on the market to pay for mounting medical bills… A day after the D.C. listing was made public, the couple subsequently took it back off the market, citing a security issue.
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