Rep. Jesse Jackson resigns from Congress, citing health issues
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Ill., resigned from Congress Wednesday, saying in a letter that he is cooperating with a federal investigation “into my activities” but blaming his health problems for his decision to step down just two weeks after his re-election.
Jackson’s letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was his first acknowledgment of the ongoing corruption probe into his alleged misuse of campaign dollars.
“I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone,” Jackson said in the two-page letter dated Nov. 21. “None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right.”
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