Washington - (Associated Mess): The Labor Day week has started off badly for House of representatives Appropriations Committee former member John Doolittle,
R-California, after a grand jury subpoenaed two of his top aides to testify in a federal probe of him and his wife "being in bed" with jailed DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The US District Court subpoenas for the District of Columbia were issued to John Doolittle's chief of staff, Ron Rogers and to his deputy staff chief Dan Blankenburg.
The move sent shivers of trepidation amond Alaska's Corrupt Bastards Club grandees who are watching this latest Abramoff probe with much anxiety, wondering when the Juneau investigation will suddenly begin joining up the dots to the current Abramoff business.
Today's DC follow April FBI raids of Doolittle's home in a Washington suburb where his wife's "funraising" (sic) activities for Abramoff were probed.
Julie Doolittle's Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions Inc. was paid a $5,000 monthly retainer from September 2002 to February 2004.
Eventually specific projects on this commission bombed and ended up canceled in March 2003.
Soon after Abramoff was investigated for corruption and fraud and is now esconced in a Florida slammer.
Representative Doolittle himself has admitted numerous ties to Abramoff and has gone on record as calling him a "good friend."
This amity has extended to accepting campaign cash from the jailed lobbyist and intervening on behalf of his American Indian tribe clients.
At present Doolittle remains the only sitting duck member of Congress publicly known to be under active investigation in the Abramoff investigation.
This probe however, has already produced a dozen convictions from Bush Administration and congressional aides, including a guilty plea from imprisoned former republican Representative Bob Ney.
Senator Ted Stevens is apoplectic.