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Roland S. Martin
An angry Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is pushing back against media reports suggesting that he has worked as a federal informant for the last decade in response to corruption in his home state of Illinois.
Jackson telephoned me a few moments ago and said that as a public servant, it is his duty, and that of any other, to immediately report instances of corruption when they come across it.
"And I have done that," he said. "But I am not, nor have I ever been a federal informant."
Jackson's spokesman, Rick Bryant, added that "Jackson has been sharing information about public corruption with federal investigators for years."
The issue of Jackson's dealing with federal prosecutors comes in the wake of the scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who federal prosecutors accuse of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
The embattled governor was captured on federal wiretaps discussing appointing a Senate candidate later identified as Jackson in exchange for campaign contributions. Jackson denied that he or anyone associated with him has participated in a pay-to-play scheme with Blagojevich.
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