Doolittle Won’t Face Charges in Abramoff Affair
The Justice Department informed ex-Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) that he will not face charges in the corruption probe centered on incarcerated lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Associated Press reported Friday.
According to the AP, a Justice Department official informed Doolittle’s attorney of the decision last week, stating that it had closed its case against him and would not pursue charges.
“I have been praying for this day for years,” Doolittle told the Associated Press.
Federal agents raided the Doolittle’s home in April 2007 in connection with the investigation, and the DOJ later subpoenaed 11 years of legislative records from Doolittle’s office. He did not seek re-election in 2008.
Doolittle told the AP Friday that he did nothing wrong. “I look forward to being able to finally throw off this uncertainty, get rid of this defamatory cloak that’s been cast over me by my own government,” he said.
Federal prosecutors did name Doolittle and his wife, who was paid by Abramoff for event planning, among 11 co-conspirators in the 2009 public corruption case against former House aide-turned-lobbyist Kevin Ring, which ultimately resulted in a mistrial. Ring is scheduled to begin a new trial in July.
Abramoff, who was sentenced to four years in prison on fraud and corruption charges, is scheduled for release in December and was moved to a halfway house earlier this week.