Reports: Justice Department Won’t Charge DeLay

Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:01am

The Justice Department will not bring charges against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) following a six-year investigation tied to disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, multiple news outlets reported Monday.

“Six years is a long time and I’m sure he wishes it had happened years ago. For me, the result trumps the timing,” DeLay’s attorney Richard Cullen told Fox News.

According to a statement to Politico, which first reported the story, Cullen said an attorney with DOJ’s Public Integrity Section informed him of the decision last week. Cullen, chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods, did not immediately return telephone or e-mail messages to his office Monday.

DOJ spokesman Laura Sweeney declined to comment, noting that the agency does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations.

DeLay founded a consulting firm, First Principles, after leaving office in 2006. A telephone number listed on the firm’s website has been disconnected.

The former Texas lawmaker still faces allegations that he violated Texas campaign finance laws. A hearing in that case is set for Aug. 24.

Ex-Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) similarly announced in June that the Justice Department informed him he would not be charged in connection to the Abramoff investigation.

Abramoff, who was sentenced to four years in prison on fraud and corruption charges, is scheduled for release in December and moved to a halfway house earlier this year.