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Threat of federal charges against DeLay grows

The Financial Times reports this morning:
The likelihood of federal charges against members of Congress intensified on Monday when a key player in a broad corruption probe pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to co-operate with investigators.

Under a plea agreement with the Department of Justice, Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Tom DeLay, the powerful Texas congressman, admitted that he had conspired to defraud four Native American Indian tribes that operated or hoped to operate casinos. [...]

The action by the DoJ potentially represents a serious threat to several lawmakers.

Although Mr DeLay’s earlier indictment on unrelated money laundering charges forced him to give up his seat as majority leader in the House of Representatives, it is unclear how strong the case against the Texas Republican is.

Mr DeLay and his supporters have accused Travis County district attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, of being on a political witchhunt.

It would be more difficult for Mr DeLay or other Republicans to make such claims about federal prosecutors.

It would be more difficult, but Delay will find a way to attack and smear his opponents. I still wonder how long the Religious Right will stick by this guy and continue to invite him to sit in their pews on "Justice Sunday" or similar partisan events for the "more moral" party.


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