A former aide to Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) has abruptly left the law firm where he worked as a lobbyist, amidst reports that the Justice Department's Abramoff investigation is focusing on Doolittle. Kevin Ring, 36, was an aide to Doolittle and later worked for Abramoff at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Friday Ring resigned from the firm where he was most recently employed, Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg, according to The Politico.
Ring is the second associate with ties to Abramoff to resign from Barnes & Thornburg this year. In January, Neil Volz, a former aide to former Rep. Bob Ney resigned and shortly before pleading guilty to conspiracy and agreeing to cooperate in the Abramoff investigation.