TLP: Tom Delay Gets Off!
Who here even remembers Tom Delay? Jack Abramoff? Anyone? Anyone? Oh well, this one goes into the books as an "L" for the prosecution.
Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and former House majority leader who resigned from Congress in June 2006 in a spectacular fall from political power, will not face federal corruption charges over his dealings with the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.And, really, can't somebody charge him with something for those dancing outfits?
After a six-year investigation, the Justice Department’s public integrity section has informed Mr. DeLay that it was closing its file on his involvement in the Abramoff affair without an indictment, Mr. DeLay and his lawyer, Richard Cullen, announced Monday.
“This is a great day for me and my family,” Mr. DeLay told reporters in a conference call.
Mr. DeLay’s legal troubles are not yet over. He still faces a trial in Texas on unrelated state charges of money laundering and conspiracy in connection with campaign donations during the 2002 election. A trial on those charges, for which he was indicted in 2005, was delayed for years because of an appeal by co-defendants, but a hearing on pretrial motions is scheduled for next week.