GOP Rep. Doolittle, 5 Aides, Subpoenaed for Documents
Congressman John Doolittle (R-Roseville) says the Justice Department has issued subpoenas to him and five staff members for documents that go back as far as 11 years.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Three Doolittle staff members already testified before a grand jury earlier this month, and the FBI searched the Doolittles’ Virginia home back in April.
But that, apparently, was not enough. The Justice Department now wants 11 years worth of documents from Doolittle and his staff as it continues the investigation.
The inquiry apparently focuses on Doolittle’s wife, Julie. Jack Abramoff’s lobbying firm paid her fundraising business tens of thousands of dollars over a year and a half. Doolittle’s former chief of staff had left the Congressman’s office to work for Abramoff.
In a statement, Doolittle’s lawyer said the Justice Department’s subpoenas “raise serious constitutional issues going to the very core of our Separation of Powers” -- and that the rest of the Congress should be concerned as well.