In recent weeks, two conservative House members whose homes were raided in FBI corruption investigations have claimed that the raids were part of a Justice Department conspiracy.
Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) said the raid on his house last month was “little more than an attempt to intimidate and pressure” him to admit criminal wrongdoing. Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) said that the Justice Department had been leaking “lies” about him “and that needs to be investigated.”
Today, Doolittle took the conspiracy theory a step further, blaming the Justice Department’s actions on partisan Democrats inside the Bush administration:
In a telephone press conference with California reporters, the Roseville Republican said he still thinks the raid – and more importantly, the government’s leak of information about it – was all about rehabilitating the reputation of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
But it wasn’t Republicans trying to do the rehabilitating, Doolittle said. It was embedded Democratic staffers in the Justice Department who were responsible because of the party’s “Republican culture of corruption” campaign.
Doolittle apparently didn’t explain why partisan Democrats would be interested in “rehabilitating” Alberto Gonzales’ image, or how these liberal Bush officials managed to convince FBI agents to seek a warrant for the raid and then convince a judge to approve the warrant. We’re sure there’s a perfectly good explanation.
Calitics has more.