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Julie
16 Aug 10,, 17:41
The Justice Department has informed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) that the government has ended a six-year investigation of his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to DeLay's lead counsel in the matter, Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods.

The investigation lasted through two presidents and four attorneys general. Its demise provides a stark footnote to the lobbying scandals that helped Democrats regain the House majority they held for 40 years and lost in the Republican revolution of 1994, which eventually made the pugnacious DeLay one of Washington’s top power brokers.

“The federal investigation of Tom DeLay is over, and there will be no charges,” Cullen said. “This was one of the longest and expensive and thorough investigations in recent memory. DeLay took a tack right from the start that he had nothing to hide, and we have been in a routine and constant dialogue with [prosecutors].

“I’m sure he wishes it didn’t take six years of his life, with a cloud hanging over him. I am pleased with the outcome. They just took longer than we would have preferred. He said he was gratified and thanked us.”

Cullen said he was pleased there were no leaks from the government as the investigation ground on. “They played fair,” he said.

The Justice Department does not comment publicly on investigations where charges are not brought. But Cullen said a prosecutor from the department’s Public Integrity Section telephoned him with the news last week and said he was free to make it public.

Cullen said investigators talked to witnesses and checked documents overseas and had an “extremely active grand jury” that heard testimony from former aides and others.

“In 2005, we voluntarily produced to the prosecutors over 1,000 e-mails and documents from the DeLay office dating back to 1997,” Cullen said.

“Several members of Congress [accused in related cases] objected to producing official government records under Speech or Debate Clause concerns. DeLay took the opposite position, ordering all his staff to answer all questions. He turned over more than 1,000 documents, and several of his aides gave interviews and grand jury testimony.”

A state case continues in Texas, with a hearing scheduled for Aug. 24. A trial is expected next spring and could last several weeks.

DeLay started a consulting firm, First Principles LLC, when he left office. He now spends most of his time at his home in Sugarland, Texas. He travels a lot to give speeches and works with foster children through the community he and his wife, Christine, started.

Feds clear DeLay after six years - Mike Allen - POLITICO.com (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41104.html)

dalem
16 Aug 10,, 18:36
No surprise there. But that TX state judge won't leave him alone.

-dale

Roosveltrepub
16 Aug 10,, 18:38
They did not clear him they ended the investigation. Delay was and remains a symbol of what was wrong with Republican goverance 2001-2004. It was deficit exploding, pay to play and on a yearly basis included multiples of the number of earmarks per year as we saw last year. From keeping the vote open till the wee hours on that prescriptoion drug plan that has us paying much more than the VA pays to drug companies for the exact same drugs because the goverment is forbidden from seeking volume discounts so typical in the industry to his support for the use of federal resources to track down STATE reps in Texas He showed himself a friend to special interests not the people. He's as innocent as Charlie Rangel, Cris Dodd et al are.

dalem
16 Aug 10,, 18:43
They did not clear him they ended the investigation. Delay was and remains a symbol of what was wrong with Republican goverance 2001-2004. It was deficit exploding, pay to play and on a yearly basis included multiples of the number of earmarks per year as we saw last year. From keeping the vote open till the wee hours on that prescriptoion drug plan that has us paying much more than the VA pays to drug companies for the exact same drugs because the goverment is forbidden from seeking volume discounts so typical in the industry to his support for the use of federal resources to track down STATE reps in Texas He showed himself a friend to special interests not the people. He's as innocent as Charlie Rangel, Cris Dodd et al are.

So the Obama DOJ stopped an investigation, not because they couldn't prove any wrongdoing, but because...?

-dale

Roosveltrepub
16 Aug 10,, 19:11
So the Obama DOJ stopped an investigation, not because they couldn't prove any wrongdoing, but because...?

-dale

Not being able to prove wrong doing is not the same as clearing someone. Delay's record stands on it's own are you saying you'd prefer we return to that level of earmarks? I'd also point out Obama's DOJ dropped it they didnt start it.

JAD_333
16 Aug 10,, 19:48
Not being able to prove wrong doing is not the same as clearing someone. Delay's record stands on it's own are you saying you'd prefer we return to that level of earmarks? I'd also point out Obama's DOJ dropped it they didnt start it.

RR:

First off, you're mixing apples and oranges. Delay did the Congressman thing like all the others do. The investigation had to do with influence peddling, not whether he was a powerful Congressman.

You infer the investigation was dropped only because the government couldn't prove the truth. Well, it seems to me if the government couldn't prove the allegations were true after 6 years of digging, there's a good probability they weren't. Why insist they were true? Do you have the proof the government long sought after?

highsea
16 Aug 10,, 19:53
Not being able to prove wrong doing is not the same as clearing someone.Ever hear of presumption of innocence?

The Grand Jury's job isn't to prove wrong doing. It only has to find sufficient cause to indict. The proof, or lack thereof comes out in the trial phase. The standard for indictment is much lower than the standard to convict.

Multiple DOJ's attempted to present sufficient evidence to a Grand Jury to hand down an indictment, and ultimately were unable to.

So if the Grand Jury, after 6 years, cannot find sufficient cause to bring Delay to a trial, and the DOJ drops the case, then yep- he is cleared.

What happens at the state level is a separate matter.

dalem
16 Aug 10,, 19:57
Not being able to prove wrong doing is not the same as clearing someone.

Actually it's exactly the same thing.



Delay's record stands on it's own are you saying you'd prefer we return to that level of earmarks? I'd also point out Obama's DOJ dropped it they didnt start it.

Being a grasping, tax-whoring pol isn't illegal. Your last comment is a non sequitur.

-dale