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Feds Suggest Jesse Jackson Jr. Was Tipped Off About Probe



    A representative from Speaker Boehner's office of communication reads into Congress the resignation letter from Jesse Jackson Jr. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012)

    Jesse Jackson Jr. may have seen it all coming.

    Illinois' embattled former congressman could have been tipped off about the investigation into his finances, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Investigators think Jackson learned about the probe before June 10, the day he went missing from Congress on medical leave.

    The investigation alleges Jackson misused campaign funds to redecorate his Washington, D.C. home, which was on the market this fall for $2.5 million. A separate allegation, that he tried to cut a deal with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to take now-President Barack Obama's former Senate seat, is under review by a House Ethics Committee.

    Jackson acknowledged the probe in his resignation letter, delivered the day before Thanksgiving and read on the House floor Tuesday.

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    "During this journey I have made my share of mistakes," he wrote. "I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept the responsibility for my mistakes for they are my mistakes and mine alone."

    Sources told the Sun-Times that Jackson likely was tipped off by someone who received a subpoena related to the investigation.

    Details also suggest Jackson may have been tipped off to the investigation of Rod Blagojevich.

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    Raghuveer Nayak, who said Jackson told him to offer Blagojevich money for the Senate seat, told authorities that Jackson called him off a week later, citing the Blagojevich investigation, according to the Sun-Times.