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BREAKING: Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign within the hour, according to report

posted at 1:57 pm on November 21, 2012 by

The Chicago Sun-Times has the Thanksgiving news dump from the troubled Illinois congressman:

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson is expected to tender his resignation from Congress within the hour, a source close to Jackson said Wednesday.

Jackson will hand in his resignation to House Speaker John Boehner, the source said.

Jackson had planned on a press conference to announce his resignation but was not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness, the source said.

The announcement comes after mounting pressure faced by Jackson as federal investigators appeared to widen their ongoing investigation into the congressman’s activities.

Jackson had just been re-elected by a large margin, but has been MIA on the Hill since about June and in and out of the Mayo Clinic, citing bi-polar disorder.

The Tribune names its source— Jackson’s brother, Jonathan. Jackson is under investigation for misusing campaign funds, and there’s this:

Rep. Jackson has been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for alleged improprieties related to his bid to win appointment in 2008 to the Senate seat that had been held by President Barack Obama. A Jackson emissary is alleged to have offered to raise up to $6 million in campaign funds for disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the governor appointing Jackson to the Senate seat.

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the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

He can slack off all he wants too in jail.

Flange on November 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM

the guy is bi-polar.. cut him some slack..

gatorboy on November 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

He’s corrupt. Isn’t he an adulterer too, or am I misremembering things?

juliesa on November 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

No diagnosis of ‘Exhaustion?’

TimBuk3 on November 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

“Jackson had just been re-elected by a large margin, but has been MIA on the Hill since about June and in and out of the Mayo Clinic, citing bi-polar disorder.” – MKH

It’s a joke, a dodge. Junior is planting the seeds of doubt in any jury that hears the imminent case(s) against him. As a decades-long criminal justice professional, I have seen this balderdash too often to believe this idiot.
BTW … Most people do not require months of in-patient treatment for Bi-Polar Disorder … even when it is real.

Karl Magnus on November 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Another case of a Waters, Rangel, Jordan, Kwane, Marion Barry caught with their hands in the cookie jar and screaming…..raaaaaaaacccccccissssss!

Get the picture?

Twana on November 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

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