Not a good week for Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.). First, it was revealed that his Northern Virginia home had been raided by the FBI. Today, at the prodding of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), he resigned - temporarily, he hopes - from the House Appropriations Committee. From his letter to the minority leader:
I understand how the most recent circumstances may lead some to question my tenure on the Appropriations Committee. Therefore, I feel it may be in the best interest of the House that I take a temporary leave with seniority from this committee until this matter can be resolved.
Doolittle accepted campaign donations from Jack Abramoff, and his wife's company had Abramoff as a client. Doolittle also has ties to Brent Wilkes, the military contractor whose relationship with Randy "Duke" Cunningham put Cunningham in prison. Are he and/or his wife being investigated in relation to one, the other, or both?