Jesse Jackson Jr., Rod Blagojevich, and Barack Obama’s Senate Seat

The Times looks into Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s activities relative to Barack Obama’s vacated seat in the Senate.

Mr. Jackson asserts he has done nothing wrong and had not known about the fund-raiser’s activities. But with new indications that federal prosecutors and Congressional ethics investigators are stepping up their interest in Mr. Jackson, a nagging question follows him: Was that December meeting with Mr. Blagojevich a good-faith effort to land the Senate job or a charade to conceal behind-the-scenes maneuvers with Mr. Blagojevich to pay to play?

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