WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Wednesday acknowledged he is cooperating with federal law enforcement officials investigating allegations of corruption that dogged the eight term congressman into retirement.
In a resignation letter to Speaker John Boehner, Jackson, who first came to Congress in 1995, said “I have made my share of mistakes. I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigator and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone.”
“I pray I will be remembered for what I did right. It has been a profound honor to serve the constituents of Illinois Second Congressional District.”
Investigators have been looking into Jackson’s use of campaign funds, and local media reports have suggested Jackson may be trying to work out a plea deal with authorities.
John Stanton is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New Orleans. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
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