Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Lest we forget Jack (Abram)off

It ain't over yet, folks. GOP congresscritters continue to feel the heat.

Two of GOP Rep. John Doolittle's top aides have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating ties between Doolittle, his wife and jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The grand jury subpoenas from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia were issued to Chief of Staff Ron Rogers and Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Blankenburg. They were announced on the House floor as Congress returned from its August recess Tuesday after the aides informed the House speaker about the subpoenas, as required under House rules.

Blankenburg and Rogers wrote in identical letters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that they would consult with House counsel before deciding how to respond....

Doolittle has numerous ties to Abramoff, including accepting campaign cash from the lobbyist and intervening on behalf of Abramoff's Indian tribe clients.