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Reports: Jesse Jackson Jr. in plea deal talks

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.  (Reuters)

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) — who won a commanding reelection victory Tuesday night with 64 percent of the vote — is discussing a possible plea deal with the Justice Department regarding the misuse of campaign funds, according to Chicago-area news sources.

Jackson, who has checked himself back into the Mayo Clinic following outpatient treatment in Washington, is being investigated for allegedly using campaign funds to decorate his Washington home, but also possibly for using $40,000 in campaign funds to buy a Rolex watch as a gift for a female friend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Two Jackson aides did not immediately return comment to The Washington Post.

The Sun-Times has reported previously that the probe by the FBI’s Washington office began in June.

Jackson is no stranger to federal investigations: He was caught up in the scandal surrounding former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decisions over who should replace President Obama in the U.S. Senate. Jackson has denied any involvement and was never charged in connection with the case.

Jackson returned to his Dupont Circle-area home in September, but did not cast any votes before the House’s election-season recess began. Within days of returning home, aides confirmed that the congressman has put his D.C. home on the market. The Victorian-style townhouse lists for $2.5 million and includes four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, five fireplaces, a kitchen, sun room, rooftop deck and jacuzzi.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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