Ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. just happened to be in the neighborhood.
So on Wednesday morning the former Democratic congressman from Chicago, who was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for misuse of campaign funds in 2013, stopped by the James Comey hearing.
Dressed in a light gray suit, Jackson looked relaxed and appeared to be in good spirits.
He said he was in town for a family emergency.
“In town for some private family business, thought I’d stop by,” he said.
Members of the media largely left him alone.
When asked about the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, he said, “There’s a collapse here. The balances and checks have to be integrous.”
Jackson Jr. continued, “People from my neck of the woods think [Congress] doesn’t know how to manage its affairs. We have to take our role seriously.”
These days, the former congressman, who served in Congress from 1995 to 2012, is living in Chicago.
He says he doesn’t drive anymore.
“I take the train,” he said.