Several meetings with the DoJ? That sounds pretty bad. But that's just because you're looking at it the wrong way, Doolittle insists. From the Bee:
Doolittle's office in a statement late Monday, again insisted that the congressman is not under investigation.
Instead, it characterized the meetings as an effort to clear the congressman's name.
"The congressman's attorney has had several conversations with the Justice Department which we believe have been helpful toward clearing the congressman's name," said Laura Blackann.
"The congressman's attorney has committed to the Justice Department that in order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, details of their interactions will remain private," she said. "To date, the congressman has not been contacted or questioned by the Justice Department and has no reason to believe that he is the target of an investigation."
Blackann said Doolittle "instructed his attorney to establish contact with the Justice Department to further express the congressman's willingness to be helpful and satisfy the Justice Department that the congressman has done nothing wrong."
Update: I have to mention that when Doolittle's hiring of a defense lawyer was first reported, he explained that he was paying him simply "to address the congressman's concerns about how he should respond to questions from the press as he contemplated having to talk about the scandal as part of his campaign for re-election." To date, Doolittle's paid Barger approximately $50,000 to handle those press inquiries, according to FEC reports.