*** 4:08 PM *** Somewhat exculpatory report, from CNN…
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 […]
[Jackson’s attorney] said he has spoken with federal prosecutors and confirmed Jackson is not a target of the investigation.
*** 4:05 PM *** Interesting…
James D. Montgomery Sr., Jackson’s attorney, said that Jackson learned he was mentioned in the complaint on the night before governor’s arrest, and that the House member never had a “pay to play” conversation with Blagojevich.
*** 3:30 PM *** And, we’re done. Not much “there” there except forceful denials. We’ll see what happens next.
*** 3:27 PM *** On advice of counsel, Jackson said, he will not be taking any questions. And now he’s starting to weep again.
*** 3:25 PM *** The congressman said, twice, that he met with the governor “for the first time in four years” on Monday. He said nothing toward was offered nor discussed.
*** 3:24 PM *** “I reject and denounce pay to play politics. I did not initiate nor authorize anyone at any time to promise anything to Rod Blagojevich on my behalf.”
Jackson said he didn’t send an emissary to cut a deal with the governor.
“I thought, mistakenly, that the process was fair, above board and on the merits.”
*** 3:22 PM *** Jackson calls on the governor to resign.
*** 3:21 PM *** It’s beginning.
*** 2:56 PM *** The feed went hot for a brief minute as reporters interviewed Jackson in a hallway. No news out of it. I’d click the link if I were you.
*** UPDATE: Watch live video of “Jackson 5’s” press conference at 3:15 pm by clicking here. ***
* 2:15 PM - He’s already back in DC, eh?
Must not want to face Chicago reporters [Thanks to readers for pointing out that Congress is voting this week]…
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., will hold a news conference at 4:15 p.m. ET in Washington to respond to allegations that he is one of the Senate hopefuls listed in a federal criminal complaint that accuses Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of trying to sell the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
ABC News and MSNBC are quoting anonymous sources who say Jackson is the person identified as “Candidate 5″ in court filings.
“It is impossible for someone on my behalf to have a conversation that would suggest any type of quid pro quo or any payments or offers,” Jackson tells ABC News. “An impossibility to an absolute certainty.”
Check back to this post for further updates.