Sandi Jackson: Husband May Not Surface Until After Election
It's been four months since Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced he was taking medial leave. He's back at his home in Washington, D.C. bus isn't making any public appearances. And that might be the case for several more weeks. Mary Ann Ahern reports.
Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Washington have launched a new criminal investigation of Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. involving financial improprieties, including possible misuse of funds monitored by Congress, law enforcement sources tell NBC News.
The probe prompted lawyers for Jackson to meet with federal prosecutors this week in an attempt to persuade them not to indict the congressman.
Jackson's lawyers did not return email and phone call request for comment.
Reached by phone, Jackson's top aide, Frank Watkins, told NBC Chicago he learned of the investigation by the Sun-Times and had no other information.
Watkins said Jackson hasn't been to the office and that he has "very little" contact with the congressman.
"I wait for him to call me," he said, adding that Jackson "sounds fine" when they speak.
"I've consistently been told he's under doctor's care, and when the doctors release him, he will come back to work," he said.
At the same time, a House Ethics Committee continues to look into Jackson's supposed involvement in trying to be appointed to now-President Barack Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate. Jackson has admitted he wanted to be appointed to the Senate, but has repeatedly denied allegations he sent emissaries to offer campaign cash to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the seat.