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A somewhat overlooked section of a letter issued by the attorney for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) sought to place those who wrote and filed the ethics complaint against him in contempt of Congress, which could have resulted in jail time, RAW STORY has learned.
The 33-page October letter was penned by DeLay’s private attorney, Ed Bethune. It contains a litany of suggestions for punitive action to be taken against those who filed an ethics complaint against him, and has 118 footnotes on nine pages.
The complaint resulted in DeLay being admonished by the Ethics Committee on three separate occasions, which the House leader brushed aside. House Republicans have also moved to protect DeLay by passing a provision which will allow him to continue to serve as leader if he is indicted in a campaign finance scandal that took place on his watch in Texas.
DeLay’s attorney, instead, finds that those who filed the complaint – former Rep. Chris Bell (D-TX) and the Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – acted with “contempt for the law” (emphasis in original).
“Representative Bell and CREW have demonstrated contemptuous behavior toward the House and the Committee by improperly obstructing and interfering with the legislative process,” Bethune wrote to House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. David Dreier, “and by libeling a Member in the process.”