Jesse Jackson Jr. Accused of Using Campaign Funds to Decorate His House

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2008 Getty Images

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. has been out of the public eye since June when his office said he was suffering from exhaustion, revealing later that he was receiving treatment for bipolar II disorder. Now The Wall Street Journal reports that his life has become even more complicated, as the FBI and federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into allegations that he used campaign money to decorate his house. Jackson returned to his Washington, D.C. home last month and hasn't been seen on the campaign trail, but he's still expected to win his reelection campaign since he represents a heavily Democratic district in Chicago. Sources say his attorneys asked Justice Department officials not to seek an indictment before the election, but they said they couldn't make that guarantee.