Jackson Jr.'s Revelation Renews Scrutiny Over Blagojevich Probe
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s revelation that he has been an informant for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has raised questions about a possible overreach by federal prosecutors.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s revelation that he has been an informant for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has thrust the famed federal prosecutor back into the spotlight amid questions about whether he crossed the line in his pursuit of Gov. Rod Blagojevich."
"Jackson was identified as one of the candidates Blagojevich was considering for the Senate seat, and the criminal complaint said his supporters were willing to raise $1.5 million for the governor if he picked the congressman.
But Jackson's spokesman revealed Tuesday that the Illinois congressman "has shared information with federal prosecutors about public corruption during the past several years, including information about Blagojevich and others.""