Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. calls son's ordeal 'a storm'

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Senior, left, and his son, Jesse Jackson Junior, are shown in these file photos.

February 18, 2013 2:43:02 PM PST
Former congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is under tight medical supervision as he faces federal charges, according to his father.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson released a statement Monday:

"During this difficult and painful ordeal, our family has felt the impact of your prayers and calls. So many ministers have reached out to us, and we thank you. The hurt in this valley is indescribable.

Jesse remains under tight medical supervision. He is struggling with the highs and lows of his bipolar disorder. Please pray for him, Sandi and their children.

Jesse's ordeal has been compounded by the stresses of his current legal challenges. In a recent statement of contrition, he assumed responsibility and apologized. Our hope is that his sincere apology will be well received. This is a storm, within time storms pass over."

On Friday, federal prosecutors charged Jackson junior with conspiracy for allegedly spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. His wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, was charged with filing false joint federal income tax returns. They've both agreed to plead guilty.