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Top Doolittle Aides Subpoenaed by Grand Jury

Two top aides to Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) have been subpoenaed for grand jury testimony in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as part of the Justice Departments ongoing probe of the California lawmakers ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Dan Blankenburg, Doolittles deputy chief of staff, and Ron Rogers, Doolittles chief of staff, notified the House Tuesday that they had received summons, as is required under House rules. Doolittles office had not returned a call seeking comment by press time.

Doolittle and his wife, Julie, are under federal investigation in connection with the Abramoff influence-peddling scandal. In April, the FBI raided the lawmakers Oakton, Va., home.

It has been reported that the Justice Department has sought to talk with as many as a half-dozen former Doolittle aides. However, Blankenburg and Rogers are the first current aides publicly known to have been subpoenaed.

Doolittle has said in the past that he is happy to have his former aides talking to prosecutors because he believes it will expedite the clearing of his name in the Abramoff probe.

In a statement Tuesday, Doolittles office pointed out that both Blankenburg and Rogers joined the Congressmans staff long after the federal investigation began.

I think everyone can agree that this issue needs closure, Doolittle said in the statement. Three years seems like more than adequate time to determine the facts. I look forward to the truth finally being established and hope that we may have a resolution soon.

Lauren W. Whittington

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