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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Will Not Face Federal Criminal Charges

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Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) will not face federal criminal charges, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

The Department of Justice told DeLay's attorney, Richard Cullen, that it has ended a six-year investigation of his connections to disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"The federal investigation of Tom DeLay is over, and there will be no charges," Cullen told POLITICO. "This was one of the longest and expensive and thorough investigations in recent memory. DeLay took a tack right from the start that he had nothing to hide, and we have been a routine and constant dialogue with [prosecutors]."

I'm sure he wishes it didn't take six years of his life, with a cloud hanging over him. I am pleased with the outcome. They just took longer than we would have preferred. He said he was gratified and thanked us.

The lobbying investigation prompted guilty pleas from Abramoff and two of Delay's former congressional aides. DeLay still faces state money-laundering charges in Texas.

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