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Holy Crap! Hank Shaw has the scoop.
A source with pretty good knowledge of such things just tipped me off that the FBI raided Rep. John Doolittle's house in Virginia today. Doolittle, R-Roseville, has all kinds of ties to the felonious ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
I will put up more as I have it. This is fricken huge!
Roll Call confirms:
FBI Raids Doolittle's Home: The FBI has raided the Northern Virginia home of Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), according to Congressional sources. No details are publicly available yet about the circumstances of the raid, but Doolittle and his wife, Julie, have been under federal investigation for their ties to the scandal surrounding imprisoned former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Think Progress has more. Looks like that canary is singing.
Lobbyist Kevin Ring, a former aide to Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), resigned from his law firm last Friday, the same day as the raid on Dolittle's home. As Politico reported, Ring "often served as an intermediary between Abramoff's clients and Doolittle's office, according to news reports, and has remained close to Doolittle and his wife, Julie, who did consulting work for Abramoff." It's suspected that Ring may have reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
via email here is Charlie's statement.
This is a sad day for the people of the 4th District, for our Congress, and our country. It is my sincere hope that the ongoing investigation will bring the era of corruption and scandal ridden politics to a close, so that we can move forward on addressing the real priorities of the American people: like ending the war in Iraq, winning the war against Terrorism, securing our borders, keeping faith with our veterans, expanding economic opportunity, and achieving energy independence.