Thirteen senior House members -- nine Republicans and four Democrats -- have been served with subpoenas from defense attorneys representing Brent Wilkes, the former defense contractor charged with bribing imprisoned ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.).
None of the lawmakers will comply with the subpoena, according to an official notification read on the House floor Monday evening.
Wilkes is seeking testimony from all the lawmakers but after consulting with the House General Counsel's office, which advises lawmakers on legal issue related to their official congressional duties, the members declined to comply with the subpoenas.
The subpoenas were read into the Congressional Record late in the day's session, after the final vote, and the recipients include some of the top members of the House on both sides of the aisle. The list of members getting subpoenas includes: former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.); House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), former chairman of the Appropriations Committee; Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), former chairman of the Armed Services Committee; Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), former Intelligence Committee chairman; Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.); Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas); Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the Defense subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee; Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.); Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.); Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.); Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.); and Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.).
Wilkes, who ran a California defense firm, is facing a slew of federal corruption charges, including fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, among others. Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, a former top official and close Wilkes associate, is charged with steering a $100 million federal contract to Wilkes' firm,