Rod's brother Rob says U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has some 'splainin to do.
Mr. Blagojevich is going to Washington, D.C.
No, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich did not bust out of the Colorado prison where he's being held. It's his brother, retired military officer Rob Blagojevich, who's making the trip, the goal of which is to extract political revenge.
Rob Blagojevich is headed to D.C. to meet with investigators from the Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and tell them what he knows about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s effort to win appointment to a vacant U.S. Senate seat from Illinois.
Transcripts of tape-recorded conversations from the Blagojevich brothers and others suggest that Jackson Jr., through emissaries, was offering big money — as much as $6 million — to be appointed in late 2008 by then-Gov. Blagojevich to the Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama after his election to the presidency.
Gov. Blagojevich was indicted and convicted for, among other things, trying to sell the Senate seat. But Jackson Jr., who was not charged criminally, is the subject of a House investigation for his role in the caper.
"I believe I have information that will help them find the truth" about Jackson, said Rob Blagojevich.
While not going into detail, Rob Blagojevich said "Jesse Jackson Jr. has a lot of unanswered questions he needs to answer."
Government wiretaps raise considerable suspicion that it was Jackson Jr. with whom Gov. Blagojevich was negotiating. The deal was never consummated because the FBI arrested Gov. Blagojevich before he made the planned appointment.
That pre-emptive move may have spared Jackson Jr. criminal indictment. But he hasn't completely escaped responsibility and apparently won't if brother Rob has anything to say about it.