House Ethics Panel Resumes Inquiry Into Jesse Jackson, Jr.

The Justice Department has withdrawn their request for a deferral in the ethics investigation of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) and the House Ethics Committee has voted to end the hold on their probe, the panel announced Tuesday.Congressional investigators had been holding off on looking into whether Jackson told campaign donors to give money to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich so he would appointed him to the Senate seat due to the federal investigation into Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor was found guilty of 17 of 20 corruption charges back in June, but a sentencing date hasn’t been set yet.

House Ethics Committee Chairman Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) and Ranking Member Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) said in a joint statement that the panel will announce its course of action in the Jackson matter on or before Dec. 2, 2011.