December 10th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
6 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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