Monday, October 03, 2005

DeLaying Tactics

[[F O L L O W - U P]] * Tom DeLay’s contention that he can continue to be a leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, despite his having been indicted last week on a charge of conspiracy to violate campaign-finance laws, sounds just a bit more hollow today, as a Texas grand jury today hands up two more charges against this 11-term Republican congressman: conspiring to launder money and money laundering. As the Associated Press notes, “The latter charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison.”

Meanwhile, news that both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice are now probing the stock dealings of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) leads New York Post columnist Christopher Byron to write: “Given the facts of what Frist actually did, and his preposterous after-the-fact explanations for them, the senior senator from Tennessee may go down in history as the Volunteer State’s biggest liar since Davy Crockett.”

READ MORE:Power Outage,” by Karen Tumulty and Mike Allen (Time); “DeLay’s Influence Transcends His Title,” by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Jim VandeHei (The Washington Post); “DeLay Lawyers Move to Dismiss Charges,” by Laylan Copelin (Austin American-Statesman).

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