Sources: Substance abuse, not exhaustion, led to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s ‘leave of absence’

Sources close to supporters of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say the “medical leave of absence for treatment of exhaustion” announced Monday is a cover story for a history of substance abuse by the son of civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. “The Congressman has substance abuse issues,” a former aide told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “The exhaustion story is a cover.” Jackson’s office has been in cover-up mode since the Congressman’s “medical leave” began on June 10, issuing press releases with manufactured quotes by the incapacitated representatives, posting phony tweets to his Twitter Account and withholding announcement of the
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