Friday, March 26, 2004

Early Christmas?

U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is preparing for the possibility of being indicted by a grand jury for using corporate money to influence state house races in 2002. The information and this excerpt come from the Houston Chronicle:

...The meeting at the Omni was part of a regular event DeLay holds every three months for supporters called the "Congressional Quarterly Luncheon." The two people interviewed by the Chronicle spoke on condition of anonymity.

DeLay talked about the grand jury investigation only after being asked about it by one of the 40 to 50 people in attendance, sources told the Chronicle.

DeLay talked briefly about a legal defense and then had an unidentified aide discuss the possible need for raising money for a legal defense fund.

One of those interviewed quoted DeLay as saying, "I fully anticipate being indicted...."
Empahsis added.

If indicted DeLay would have to temporarily step down from his House Leadership position, which he discussed on Thursday with other Republican leaders, until all litigation has run it's course.

This one's going to get ugly. Hopefully.

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