Renzi Resigns from Committee After FBI Raid

By Jennifer Parker

Apr 20, 2007 9:32am

ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: Republican congressman Rick Renzi, R-Ariz. has resigned temporarily from the Intelligence Committee, after FBI agents searched his family’s business in Arizona. 

In a written statement released Thursday night, Renzi wrote, "Today, the FBI came to my family’s business to obtain documents related to their investigation," adding, "until this matter is resolved, I will take a leave of absence from the House Intelligence Committee. I intend to fully cooperate with this investigation."

According to the Legal Times, the Justice Department has been investigating Renzi for months, but the subject of the probe has never been made public.

Media reports have suggested the subject of the investigation may be an Arizona land deal or a wrongdoing involving a Pentagon contract and Renzi’s father, who is a retired Army general.

Calling Renzi’s resignation "pro-active",  House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote in a written statement, "Rick’s decision was made with the best interests of the House of Representatives in mind, and I credit him for the decisive and forthright manner in which he has he responded to these developments."

Renzi’s resignation comes a day after Rep. Doolittle, R-Calif. resigned from the House Appropriations Committee, following an FBI raid of his Virginia home in connection with a Department of Justice congressional corruption investigation linked to convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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