Another ex-Doolittle staffer says contacted by feds |

Another ex-Doolittle staffer says contacted by feds

WASHINGTON ” California GOP Rep. John Doolittle’s former legislative director said Wednesday he was recently contacted by federal investigators in their probe of Doolittle’s ties to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Pete Evich, Doolittle’s legislative director from 1998 to 2002 and now a lobbyist, told The Associated Press that he plans to talk to the Justice Department in the near future.

The news comes two days after an attorney for another ex-Doolittle aide, former chief of staff David Lopez, said he’d handed over documents to federal prosecutors under subpoena.

Evich’s disclosure suggests prosecutors are widening their investigation in the wake of an FBI raid on Doolittle’s home in April that led him to give up his seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

“Representatives of the Department of Justice recently contacted me regarding their investigation of Congressman Doolittle,” Evich said in a statement. “I have been told that I am not a focus of the investigation and I plan to voluntarily speak with them in the near future.”

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