The Justice Department has ended its six-year investigation into former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and announced it will file no charges.
The investigation focused on the Texas Republican’s connection to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and ended last week, DeLay attorney Richard Cullen told the Associated Press. At one point, Mr. DeLay — nicknamed “the Hammer” — was one of the most powerful Republicans in Washington and a major link between GOP congressional majorities and K Street interest groups.
Mr. Abramoff was found guilty of fraud, corruption and conspiracy and was sent to a minimum-security prison camp in 2006. He served roughly 42 months before being released in June. Mr. Abramoff now is working at a kosher pizzeria in the Baltimore area.
Two of Mr. DeLay’s former aides were convicted for their role in the Abramoff scandal. Mr. DeLay resigned his congressional seat in September 2005 as the controversy expanded.
The Justice Department declined to comment on its decision Monday.
Mr. DeLay reportedly still faces criminal charges in Texas regarding political contributions in the 2002 elections. An Aug. 24 hearing is scheduled in the case, and a trial could begin this fall.
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