Top Doolittle Aides to Face Grand Jury
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the two top aides to Congressman John Doolittle. It’s the latest step in a 3-year Justice Department investigation of the Roseville Republican, his wife, and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
There’s a House rule that requires all subpoenas of Representatives or members of their staff to be read into the record.
So the subpoenas of Doolittle chief of staff Sam Rogers and deputy Dan Blankenberg only became public when they were announced on the House floor Tuesday. They’ll testify later this week.
The investigation appears to center on the Congressman’s wife. Abramoff’s lobbying firm paid Julie Doolittle’s fundraising business tens of thousands of dollars over a year and a half. The F-B-I searched the Doolittles’ Virginia home in April for documents related to that work.
In a statement, Doolittle said he hopes the testimony will bring closure to the lengthy investigation and looks forward to the truth finally coming out.
The statement also points out the two men joined the Congressman’s staff after the inquiry began.