Jackson’s Lawyer: I “Assume” He’s Candidate 5

In a televised press conference this afternoon, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s lawyer all but confirmed that his client is Senate Candidate 5 — as we suspected from the start.

Asked whether he believes that Jackson is Candidate 5, James Montgomery said: “I do.” He added: “He did not specifically tell me that, but I can assume it from our conversation.”

Montgomery said that Jackson is guilty of no wrongdoing, and that both Montgomery and Jackson have been told by law enforcement that Jackson is not a target of the investigation. And he said that he and Jackson are scheduled to meet with US Attorney Pat Fitzgerald on Friday or Monday.

Just to remind you, in the indictment filed against Rod Blagojevich, the governor claims that an “emissary” from Candidate 5 approached him about a “pay to play” deal for the open Senate seat that Blagojevich has the power to fill.

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