As everyone surely knows, Tom DeLay has been indicted.
A conviction on the felony charge against Mr. DeLay, 58, carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. The lawmaker has consistently maintained his innocence and today asserted that the indictment resulted from a “purely political investigation” by the Travis County district attorney, Ronnie Earle, a Democrat.
“I have done nothing wrong,” Mr. DeLay said, adding that he had violated “no law, no regulation, no rule of the House.” Mr. DeLay, speaking on Capitol Hill, described Mr. Earle, a longtime antagonist, as “a partisan fanatic” and a “rogue district attorney” and said the prosecutor had shamelessly courted journalists on “the only days he actually comes to the office.” Mr. DeLay said the charge lodged against him today was “one of the weakest, most baseless indictments in American history,” one that is “a sham, and Mr. Earle knows it.”
And of course, the grand jury that indicted him has also been duped by Earle. Pretty smart guy, eh? Getting a grand jury to go along with “one of the…most baseless indictments in American history”? Damn, he’s good! Especially for a guy who apparently isn’t at work that often.