Republican John Doolittle has ceded his coveted seat on the House Appropriations Committee—a week after FBI agents made a surprise raid on his Virginia home. Doolittle and his wife, Julie, a consultant, are under investigation for their ties to besmirched fundraiser Jack Abramoff.
“It may be in the best interest of the House that I take a temporary leave from this Committee until this matter can be resolved,” Doolittle said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner. They accepted. Doolittle was narrowly reelected in November, after refusing to return thousands of dollars in contributions from Abramoff on behalf of Indian tribes.