AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe investigation into Lewis was first reported Thursday by the Los Angeles Times. “Neither I nor any of my staff has been contacted by the Department of Justice with regard to an investigation into my congressional service,” Lewis said in a statement. “I am angered and frustrated by anonymous sources, either inside or out of the Justice Department, who would imply to journalists that an investigation has been launched when no suggestion has been made that an investigation is needed,” Lewis said. The lobbyist involved is Lewis’ longtime friend Bill Lowery, a former congressman from San Diego who served on the Appropriations Committee with Lewis before leaving Congress in 1993. Copley News Service has reported that Lewis has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects for Lowery’s clients. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles has opened an investigation into House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis and his dealings with a lobbyist with connections to disgraced former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. Lewis, R-Calif., denied any wrongdoing. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the investigation, said subpoenas had been issued, but could not say to whom. The investigation is related to the ongoing probe stemming from the scandal involving Cunningham, the source said. The former Republican congressman from San Diego County pleaded guilty in November to taking $2.4 million in homes, yachts and other bribes from defense contractors and others. He is serving a prison term of eight years, four months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!