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Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is resigning from Congress today, according to CBS News.
Jackson has reportedly notified his staff and supporters of his departure, and sent a letter of resignation to Speaker John Boehner.
CBS News reports:
The decision came following two weeks of mounting calls for him to come clean with voters, following revelations that former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was involved in plea bargaining with authorities who’d been investigating Jackson’s alleged misuse of campaign funds.
If the reports are true, one has to wonder why Jackson didn’t resign before he was reelected on November 6th. Jackson even went so far as to issue a robocall to constituents, thanking them for their patience, only to resign less than a month later.
Previous news reports have speculated that Jackson’s resignation was imminent since Jackson is in the middle of a plea deal with the Feds for misuse of campaign funds, which will result in jail time.
Jackson has been absent from Capitol Hill since mid-June, when he left his job to seek help for bipolar disorder. Those who have spoken with him recently say he is in no position to return to work. He was briefly at his home in Washington D.C. but didn’t stay long, choosing instead to return to the Mayo Clinic.
Jackson is accused of spending $40,000 on a Rolex watch for a female friend and using campaign funds to redecorate his Chicago home. His wife has also been implicated in the scandal as well.