"If the law is the standard in the state of Texas, then we have no problems and we don't anticipate a problem," DeLay, R-Sugar Land, said emphatically during a news conference in Washington.
"I have not been notified that I am being investigated; I have not been subpoenaed," he said.
Targets of grand jury investigations aren't always notified, however.
The Houston Chronicle reported last week that DeLay had told a group of Houston supporters March 8 that he may need to raise more money for a legal defense fund. There also have been reports in Washington that DeLay has discussed with some House Republicans a GOP conference rule that requires party leaders to step aside if they are indicted on a felony punishable by at least two years in prison. DeLay is the second-highest-ranking Republican in the House.
"All the reports are wrong. The reports in Washington are particularly wrong," DeLay said. Speculation that he would consider stepping aside is "ridiculous," he added.
DeLay acknowledged that during a recent meeting with financial supporters in Houston, he discussed what he called a political witch hunt by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat. DeLay denied there were discussions about a legal defense fund for this case.
"None of that happened," DeLay said. "I don't have a transcript of everything that I said. Obviously, somebody sitting in that room -- even though he gives me money, does not exactly support me -- ran quickly to the Houston Chronicle. I don't know what he said, and I really don't care what he said."
Anyway. New grand jury is in next week, and things ought to pick up from there.Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 31, 2004 to Scandalized! | TrackBack