Abramoff Scandal
Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay won't seek re-election


Beset by legal troubles as the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal inches closer, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) plans to retire from Congress rather than seek re-election.

DeLay faces trial on Texas on charges that he violated state law by injecting corporate money into state elections. More severely, he faces potential bribery charges as a result of his relationship with Abramoff, a former lobbyist and sentenced felon.

DeLay once called Abramoff one of his "closest friends." A former aide -- a lobbyist who worked with Abramoff -- just pleaded guilty to defrauding tribes and corruption that started within DeLay's office. Another former aide is under investigation as part of the widening Abramoff probe.

Get the Story:
Tom DeLay Says He Will Give Up His Seat (Time 4/4)
DeLay to Resign From Congress (The Washington Post 4/4)
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Federal Probe Has Edged Closer to Texan (The Washington Post 4/4)
DeLay Is Quitting Race and House, Officials Report (The New York Times 4/4)
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Relevant Documents:
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Relevant Links:
Rep. Tom DeLay - http://tomdelay.house.gov

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