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Congressman Resigns

WASHINGTON (November 21, 2012)—U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has received letter of resignation from U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., a spokesman for the speaker said.

Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday the Speaker's office received a letter of resignation from Jackson, but Boehner's office did not immediately comment beyond acknowledging it received the letter.

Jackson was easily re-elected earlier this month to a ninth term despite not having appeared in public since quietly taking medical leave in June for treatment of bipolar disorder.

The House Ethics Committee has been looking into whether Jackson was involved in discussions about raising money for imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

There also have been reports of a federal investigation into possible misuse of campaign money.

In the letter Jackson admits to "his share of mistakes" and acknowledges the ongoing federal investigation.

In the letter, Jackson said he is doing his best to address the situation responsibility, cooperating with investigators and "accept responsibility for my mistakes."

He also said his constituents "deserve a full-time legislator in Washington," something that wasn't in his future because of his health issues.


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