10/14/2005

DeLay's home, campaign phone records subpoenaed - Yahoo! News

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas prosecutor on Thursday subpoenaed former House Republican leader Tom DeLay's home and campaign office telephone records in his investigation of possibly illegal campaign contributions, DeLay's lawyer said.

The subpoenas were the latest legal move in the case that forced DeLay to step down from the second-highest post in the U.S. House of Representatives last month when he was indicted on money-laundering and conspiracy charges.

DeLay's lawyer, Bill White, said the subpoenas were "no big thing," and simply part of Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's investigation.

But a spokesman for DeLay called the new subpoenas "odd and desperate," and repeated accusations by DeLay that Earle, a Democrat who has prosecuted several Texas politicians from both parties, was on a partisan witch hunt to drive him from power.

"This is a baseless investigation that is over three years old, and only now Ronnie Earle is issuing subpoenas? It's a ridiculous stunt to try and cover up the fact that Ronnie Earle's partisan investigation has turned into an embarrassment for him," DeLay's spokesman, Kevin Madden, said in a statement.

Earle's office was not immediately available to comment. He has been investigating DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority for possible violation of state laws that prohibit corporate donations to political campaigns.

DeLay's home, campaign phone records subpoenaed - Yahoo! News

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