Tom DeLay is Indicted for ConspiracySeptember 28, 2005
There's more bad news for U.S. Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX-Sugarland): he just got indicted by a Travis County, Texas grand jury for criminal conspiracy in connection with illegal corporate donations that helped Republicans take over the Texas state legislature. If convicted, DeLay would face up to two years in prison. Under the ethics rules, DeLay was forced to step aside as House Majority Leader. Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri replaced him.
DeLay -- known as "the Hammer" because he has used a combination of threats and favors to keep a narrow Republican majority in line for more than a decade -- said the indictment is "blatant political partisanship." Speaking at a news conference in Washington, he called Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat who is leading the investigation, a "partisan zealot" who is using his office for "personal revenge."Rumors were swirling around Capitol Hill that Representative David Dreier (R-Calif.) was in line to take over for Delay during his impending trial. But apparently, the idea of electing the first gay Republican House Majority Leader was too much for the Republican caucus, and they went with the more low-profile House Whip, Blount.
Delay is telling anyone that will listen that the whole thing is a set-up, that the D.A. hates him and is doing this for revenge, etc. etc. But the indictments keep piling up around Delay and his cronies. And if one of them turns on him, well this may be one political mess that he can't wiggle out of.
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