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

Source confirms Senate Candidate 5 is Jackson

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. truth hurts

    i can't understand all the lies , we can't trust anyone any more, God bless president elect obama.

    December 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Lolita

    I love AMERICA but the people that make up this nation can be really ignorant at times. It just shocks me how close minded and immature this nation really is. I often wonder will America ever grow up! Why are we even focusing on this matter aren’t will all still in a recession? But people chose to write and read this garbage! COME ON PEOLPE LETS FOCUS ON THE REAL ISSUES...LIKE WILL YOU STILL HAVE A JOB COME NEXT WEEK!!

    December 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Rose

    Jesse should go home if he was involved!

    December 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    Didn't Obama express the desire to have an Afro-American appointed to his senate seat? How many degrees of separation are their between the corrupt jerk governor of Illinois and Obama?

    December 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Suzy

    I had stop watching CNN, because you guys have caused major depression among Americans and you are a contributor to the recession we now face. Get yourself together and help us get out of the recession, people are watching us around the world. It is time to unite as Americans, stop the finger pointing. I had to stop watching you guys because you are the cause of me having high blood pressure. You want to hear from a president that is not in office. Bush has to call for the resignation, not Obama. You guys are confused and you are constantly causing choas and confusion among America. Do a poll about how you guys are doing? You will be surprise with results? Help bring us out of this and stop being a part of digging the hole.

    December 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Joyce

    Until the federal prosecutors state that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is party to Illinois' Play for Pay program, why don't we all ease up on Mr. Jackson?

    December 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Frank

    And our holier art thou president knows nothing..hmmm, I kept hearing how smart this man is for 2 years, but Axlerod, Emanuel and him all Chicago products never even know anything that happens in their own town and you expect them to clean up Washington? Change?

    This man is so smart that he sat in a pew with Rev Wright preaching for 20 years his spiritual advisor, whom he titled one of his "memoirs" after and never heard anything but then threw him under the bus, then knows nothing about Resko but Resko sells him his house and then plays illegal games with the land next door to get Obama an extra 10 feet so no one can build next to him, and he knows nothing, and of course Ayers and now Blago and the sale and his friend in Jackson Jr

    Either our President elect is the most stupid person on earth, the biggest liar or somewhere in between

    I predict a President Biden by 2010

    December 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Clark

    I think a true patriot like Rod Blagojevich would be a fine Senator and
    definitely a true depiction of a politician. He can choose himself
    should he decide to do so.

    December 10, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Paralegal in NC

    Obama nor Jackson would risk their careers with a man anyone can tell is not right in the head. This is now a witch hunt to make certain Jackson does not get the Senate seat. I find it strange that everyone considers the Governor to be a lier then why is he not a lier when he is speaking of Jackson. I would believe Jackson before a lier.

    December 10, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Cameron Bretz

    Why is everyone suprised about the governor of Illinois. We all know that politics are corrupt, and if you dont know tnan you are ignorant. He just got caught. Wake up peopele. This is such a minor issue compared to our nation. we all know this is the way of politics. We dont want to believe it but we all know. Unless you are ignorant. So why is this the big news when there is so much else at stake. Is this really so suprising.

    December 11, 2008 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
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