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Blago Brother To Testify in Jackson Ethics Case

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    The U.S. Ethics Committee plans to ask Robert Blagojevich what he knew about an alleged pay-to-play deal involving Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    As Rod Blagojevich sits in a Colorado prison for corruption, his brother, Robert, heads to Washington D.C. next month to discuss the corrupted Senate seat.

    The U.S. Ethics Committee plans to ask Robert Blagojevich what he knew about an alleged pay-to-play deal involving Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Last year, Robert Blagojevich said he wrote to the House Committee offering information about Jackson’s effort to be appointed by then-Governor Blagojevich to President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

    "I think he’s got some hard questions to answer along those lines, that he was either not asked, or avoided being in the position to answer," Robert Blagojevich said in October.

    During the first Rod Blagojevich trial, where Robert was a co-defendant, he testified that he was approached twice by members of Chicago’s Indian-American community, offering as much as $6 million for the Blagojevich campaign, if Jackson was appointed to the Obama senate seat.

    He testified he rejected those overtures.

    The Ethics Committee recently revived a dormant investigation of the Jackson matter, and Robert Blagojevich said he wrote to each member of the committee, offering to provide testimony.

    Jackson has denied wrongdoing, and was never charged in the Senate affair.