Doolittle Steps Down from Appropriations

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Following the FBI search of his home, signaling the next level in the investigation of both him and his wife for their ties to Jack Abramoff, Rep. John Doolittle has stepped down from his seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. It was from this seat, incidentally, that Doolittle helped direct millions earmarks towards defense contractor Brent Wilkes (central figure in the Duke Cunningham bribery investigation).