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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Jesse Jackson Jr. investigation to continue, House ethics panel says


(Charles Dharapak - AP)

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it will continue its probe into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).

The bipartisan 10-member panel has been investigating whether Jackson improperly raised money for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (D) in an effort to win appointment to the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama.

In a statement Friday, the committee said that it was extending the probe “in order to gather additional information necessary to complete its review.” No timeline was given for a decision.

Jackson, who faces a primary challenge next year from former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), had been considered a rising star in Democratic politics and a one-day mayoral or Senate candidate. But the ethics case as well as allegations of an extramarital affair with a hostess at a Washington, D.C., nightclub have blunted his political momentum.

In a response to the panel’s report, Jackson’s attorneys said that the congressman “respectfully submits that there is no basis for [the ethics committee’s] conclusion that he may have violated House rules or federal law and urges the Committee to close its investigation of this matter.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics also on Friday released its full report on Jackson, which can be found here.

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