Ethics Committee to Defer Action on Jackson

JesseThe House ethics committee says it will comply with a Justice Department request to take no action in an investigation of Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois.

The committee’s announcement Tuesday follows normal practice when the department is concerned that a congressional inquiry would interfere with its investigation.

The ethics panel is investigating whether Jackson or someone acting on his behalf, offered to raise funds for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) in return for an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

A federal jury in August convicted Blagojevich on one count of lying to the FBI and deadlocked on 23 other counts, including those related to the Senate seat.

A retrial is set for April 20.

Source: The Associated Press.