The Washington Times - December 2, 2011, 12:52PM

The House Ethics Committee has said it will continue its investigation of Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. regarding his relationship with disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The committee, which had a Friday deadline to announce its course of action, said it needed more time to look into allegations that Mr. Jackson, or someone acting on his behalf, offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to the Senate seat previously held by President-elect Obama in 2008.

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The committee said in prepared statement the extension “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee.”

Mr. Jackson, son of famed civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, has said he expected to be exonerated.

A jury in June convicted Mr. Blagojevich of several corruption charges against him, including trying to sell or trade Mr. Obama’s old Senate seat.