December 10th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
10 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. MikeH

    Actually, Sara Palin did get linked to Ted Stevens, she used the same construction contractor as Teddy boy.

    December 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. JT

    What does all this have to do with Obama? Nothing

    December 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Paul

    Obama,Jackson,Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich..The democracts get into scandel even before they take office in gosh

    December 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. MikeH

    Permanent damage done here Jesse. Just wait 'til the tapes are played to the public.

    In the long run this will be a good thing for America. It is my hope that Obama wasn't involved, but if he was he'll have to fess up, and accept diminished Presidential stature with The People.

    What ever happened to Tom Delay?

    December 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Independent white female Voter!

    This governor is an idiot and should be put in jail, period! let's get this jerk out of there and get someone in as soon as possible before he abuses his power.

    December 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Kyle

    Uh, oh. Jesse Jr. got some "splaining" to do.

    December 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Obama08

    I smell some Republican attack machine gearing up here.... Saty tunned.

    December 10, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. 08

    Funny how minorities are being called out and profiled since Obama got elected.

    December 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Baze

    He looks like a crook to me with that played out high top fade

    December 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. nan

    Don't worry he is a smooth talker like obama and he will get out of this, I promise you HIS hands were leading....

    December 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If there is nothing to this, why is Blago on tape saying he thought he could get something from Candidate 5? Why make it up?

    December 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. chuck


    December 10, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Jon

    I told my girlfriend yesterday that #5 was probably Jesse J. or his son Jessie Jr. Surpise!!!!

    December 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Comment

    I really hope that Mr. Jackson was not involved in this, I think we will see more fall out. Blago, had to have someone he felt like he could sell the seat to.

    December 10, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. gl, Pittsburgh

    Fran December 10th, 2008 6:47 pm ET

    Did Sara Palin get linked to Sen. Stevens?….No…….Nuff said

    I was saying the same thing. Obama get linked to everybody that is corrupted because their path crossed, but Sara Palin didn't get lined to Sen. Stevens even though she was found to have abuse her power. One side NOT!

    December 10, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Brian

    Typical...while proclaiming his innocence from the allegations, he's using the limelight to pat himself on the back about how he'd be a great Seantor. This is Illinois politics: people who have not worked anywhere else other than the good old boy political system, clawing and scratching for a position that gives them clout. Junior hasn't served in the military, gotten his hands dirty in a blue collar job, or worked as a manager in the private sector. What makes him think he is the man for the job? The constitution designed the election process so that hard working people with better ideas for government, put their personal lives on hold for a while, gave to the people, then went back to what they were doing. THAT'S public service...not career politicians and politics. Now is the time for the American people to say "enough is enough!" We've been voting our leaders based on their name sake and clout...let's start voting for change.

    Brian, Chicago

    December 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Jane Doe

    I don't think that people are actually reading the articles before the comment. The article specifically stated that there was no evidence that Jessie Jackson Jr. spoke to the governor about the deal. I would suggest that people actually read the articles before commenting.

    December 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Scott Tucson

    I know, I know, my comments are awaiting moderation. So much for free speech here.

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Okay so he's number 5, who is one through four? And did it went higher?

    December 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Trisha

    I dont believe it for one second and I think it is shameful the way they are tainting Jackson's chances for the Senate seat!!
    Simply boot this guy out of office and be done wit this scandal!

    December 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Elskede51

    Vegas Barbie for Obama: If you read USA Today, Jackson's people admit he is "Candidate No. 5."

    December 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Sherrol in Canada

    He's been in politics for years, a state senator for 13yrs and he didn't know Blago would pull the 'pay to play' trick? Come on guy, come clean!!

    December 10, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Obama 2012

    Leave him alone until we hear the evidence. It's not his fault that this mentally disturbed governor is corrupt.

    December 10, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. James

    It is clear that the government has hours and hours of tape. It is also clear that Fitzgerald is no patsy for any political party. If there was any possiblity of corruption or hint of "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" bewteen Jackson and Blagovejich, Fitzgerald's office would not have categorically any interest in Jackson for prosecution. There has been nothing in his private or public life that gives any reason to doubt Jackson's statement unless you have made up your mind you don't like him and will not credit anything he says.

    December 10, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. NJVote08

    The man is not stupid or corrupt. So, lets get back to the real problem... the corrupt Governor.

    December 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Concerned Democrat

    KARMA Mr. threw your own father under the bus in order to get ahead in politics and now KARMA has come back to bite you where the sun doesn't shine.

    If you are willing to sell out your own father....then I guess buying an election is no big deal.

    December 10, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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