Doolittle: FBI took my wife’s iPod.

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) today accused the FBI of conducting an improper search on his house and leaking information about it to coincide with the scandal surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:

“I now believe that the search of our home was in large measure an attempt to strong arm my wife in order to get me to admit to a crime — a crime that I did not commit,” Doolittle wrote. …

Doolittle complained that during the search Julie, who was home alone, “was sequestered in the kitchen and not allowed to move without an escort. She was not even allowed to use the bathroom in our own home without an FBI agent escorting her there.”

He claimed that agents seized personal items such as his wife’s Ipod — but left behind an accordion file with information about work Julie Doolittle had done for Abramoff.