ITWASSOOTED: Tom DeLay indicted on one conspiracy count, steps down as majority leader

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tom DeLay indicted on one conspiracy count, steps down as majority leader

WASHINGTON (AP)- A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that could force him to step down as House majority leader.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

DeLay attorney Steve Brittain said DeLay was accused of a criminal conspiracy along with two associates, John Colyandro, former executive director of a Texas political action committee formed by DeLay, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee.

The indictment against the second-ranking, and most assertive Republican leader came on the final day of the grand jury's term. It followed earlier indictments of a state political action committee founded by DeLay and three of his political associates.

The grand jury action is expected to have immediate consequences in the House, where DeLay is largely responsible for winning passage of the Republican legislative program. House Republican Party rules require leaders who are indicted to temporarily step aside from their leadership posts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Posted: 1731 GMT (0131 HKT)

Rep. Tom DeLay stepped down Wednesday as House majority leader.

(CNN) -- Rep. Tom DeLay said Wednesday that he will step aside as House majority leader after a Texas grand jury indicted him on a conspiracy charge.
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