‘Traffic Jam' Delays Jackson Jr. Date With Feds

Jackson looks forward to sharing 'extraordinary narrative' with U.S. Attorney

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says a traffic jam of people has delayed his meeting with U.S. attorney's office.

"They have a traffic jam of people who are seeking meetings with them right now and who are being compelled to meet with them," said the congressman. "I have been informed that I am not a  target of this investigation, have committed no wrong doing."

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told the Associated Press Friday he flatly denies the Chicago Tribune report that he and his brother were involved in a scheme to get him a Senate seat in a deal with scandal-tainted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The newspaper said businessmen with ties to the governor and congressmen discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to get him to appoint Jackson to the Senate. The report depicts Jackson's brother as an active participant. The congressman said "to an absolute certainty" that his brother was not involved in any scheming or wrongdoing.

"I look forward to cooperating with the U.S. attorney and sharing with them an extraordinary narrative about the state of Illinois and it's political culture," Jackson said.   Jackson has been identified as "Senate Candidate 5" in a federal complaint. The governor is overheard saying the candidate would raise $500,000 for Blagojevich, and an emissary would raise an additional $1 million.

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