Tom DeLay has just been indicted on a criminal conspiracy charge by a Texas grand jury that is punishable up to 2 years in prison. This does not have anything to do with his ethics violations charges although this TRMPAC case indictment will surely raise new concerns over those allegations.
It does, however, have to do with his connection with a Texas PAC organization that had to do with questionable redistricting practices that he alledgedly engaged in. It is illegal in Texas to use corporate money to influence elections.
It appears that Congressman DeLay will also have to step-down as House Majority Leader.
GOI: The law has caught up with him and it is very reassuring that the Bush Department of Justice has finally decided to clamp down on this very corrupt man. I will say though that we still have to wait for a trial but to use a cliche, "Where there is smoke, there is fire."
This indictment makes a lot of sense after reading the well-researched book, "The Hammer: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress" by Lou Debose & Jan Reid.
I can't say that I'm shocked but I am pleased that the wheels of justice have caught up with, "The Hammer."
Let's not forget that many Republicans have thrown their support behind Tom DeLay during this investigation, including President Bush which does not look good for the entire GOP.
It appears that these corruption charges are just the tip of the iceberg with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist now facing his own corruption charges as well as the Valerie Plame case with criminal implications for Karl Rove.
I think that this is going to be rather damaging for the Republican Party for the 2006 elections.
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