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Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to take plea deal on campaign finance charges

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Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is entering a guilty plea to charges that he illegally spent campaign money. According to NBC News, a source close to the case said that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

In the papers, Jackson, son of fiery civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson, admits to spending campaign money on travel expenses, furniture for his D.C. home and a $40,000 Rolex watch. Jackson’s sentencing will be handled by a federal judge and could range from probation to time in prison.

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Jackson resigned from his congressional seat in November 2012, citing health and personal reasons. His attendance in Congress had been erratic through 2012, and it eventually came to light that he had sought treatment for substance abuse and bipolar disorder.

In his resignation to Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Jackson wrote, “During this journey, I have made my share of mistakes. I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities, and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone. None of us is immune from our share of shortcomings or human frailties and I pray that I will be remembered for what I did right.”

NBC Chicago reported that Jackson’s wife, former Chicago City Alderman Sandi Jackson is also now under investigation. She reportedly drew a $5,000 per month salary to act as her husband’s political consultant for much of his political career.

Jackson’s resignation came 15 days after he handily won re-election in his Chicago district. He has served 8 terms in office there since winning a special election for the seat in 1995.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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