December 10th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Source confirms Senate Candidate 5 is Jackson

Jackson told reporters Wednesday he never authorized anyone to offer Blagojevich money for his appointment.
Jackson told reporters Wednesday he never authorized anyone to offer Blagojevich money for his appointment.

(CNN) – A law enforcement official connected to the investigation into Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich confirmed Wednesday that the person referred to in a FBI affidavit as "Senate Candidate 5" is Jackson.

The law enforcement official said there was no evidence - other than the governor's taped remarks - that Jackson or others on his behalf ever approached the governor in an improper way. The official also emphasized that no conversations with Jackson were ever picked up on bugs or wiretaps, and there is no evidence that he was aware of anything improper. J

ackson's attorney, James Montgomery Sr., told reporters Wednesday, "Everyone is speaking of Jesse Jackson Jr., as 'Senate Candidate 5.' My comments will assume that is the case." Montgomery said he has spoken with federal prosecutors and confirmed Jackson is not a target of the investigation.

He said there was no "pay to play conversation" with the governor or anyone else on Jackson's behalf.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Nature

    We all human beings were born with an imperfect and sinful nature, and politicians are no exception. Obama and those who work for him are no angels either.

    December 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Rockford

    However...

    The newspaper also reported that Mrs. Blagojevich also had a long business relationship with Antonin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago developer and former Obama fundraiser who was convicted on fraud charges earlier this year. The Blagojeviches reportedly refuse to disclose how much the real estate company made off Rezko.

    Just keeps getting better...

    December 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Precious Coker, NY

    Who cares!!!

    December 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    caught in the act

    December 10, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    Oh boy...Jessie Jackson Sr. better not have gotten his son into trouble.

    December 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. AJ

    This could get nasty real quick if Blagojevich cuts some sort of deal and starts naming names.

    December 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Jesse Jackson, Jr. is too smart to get caught up in any scandal.

    December 10, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Virginia

    I'm sure daddy is proud!

    December 10, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Ron

    Now begins the media witch hunt for headlines.

    December 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Franky

    You know, someone had to be in it. As times moves on, more information is gonna disclosed about who either had a bug on them or when the FBI started revealing little by little what the Gov intend was. Is sounding like that and I'm gonna tell you now, is gonna take time.

    December 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Oh really? Come on "the Jackson Five? You can't make that stuff up. The Gov. should be jailed for making offers but if Jackson did not show interest than he should be considered.

    December 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Oh really? Come on "the Jackson Five? You can't make that stuff up. The Gov. should be jailed for making offers but if Jackson did not show interest than he should be considered.

    December 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. PrivateCitizen

    Oh god yes,, Hopefully Jackson is safe.

    December 10, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Keep your head up Jesse..............

    December 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Bye, bye Jesse. Why would Blago's comments indicate he was willing to pay, if it wasn't true.

    December 10, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. AJ

    I don't know if the Jackson family can handle any more scandal. I hope he's not criminally involved in this.

    December 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Jon - Delaware

    Whoever gets to decide the senator that is taking Obama's place, please do not select Jesse Jackson Jr. His father is one of the biggest racists out there and is deliked by millions. Why do you think Jessie Sr and the other racist, Al Sharpton, were relatively quiet during Obama's campaign trail. Obama knew that those two knuckleheads could cost him the election.

    December 10, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Barack Turned Me Republican

    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's party affiliation is omitted from the story. He's a Democrat if anybody's wondering.

    The party affiliation of elected officials should always be included.

    December 10, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Kevin

    I guess we know who told on the Gov. Blagojevich. Jackson refused to pay-to-Play

    December 10, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. PoliticoMike

    The most important thing is this whole story is: "He said there was no "pay to play conversation" with the governor or anyone else on Jackson's behalf."
    With that being said, leave the man alone.

    December 10, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Gary

    Say it ain't so Jr, you don't want to dissapoint the Good Reverend
    Daddy, he may have to get his " Nutz Knife" out.

    December 10, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. John from LA

    Hmmmmm-this is certainly Change!!!-the circle is widening-Who's next-can't wait to see-Resko is singing like a canary!!!!

    December 10, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. PA politico

    Does anyone watch The Wire? This guy is like Clay Davis!

    December 10, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Isaac

    It took until a quote in the third paragraph of this story for me to realize that the "Jackson" in question was, in fact, Jesse Jackson Jr. That's just poor journalism. even the picture and the caption below it refer to him merely as "Jackson." Just a tip: You should give that information right up front instead of simply referring to a person by a last name (and a very common last name, at that) throughout the article.

    December 10, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Tate

    Is there any of Obamas friends or supporters that are not criminals? Have not heard of one yet.

    December 10, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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