A Texas grand jury indicted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) yesterday for alleged involvement in money laundering related to the 2002 Texas election, raising new and more serious allegations than the conspiracy charge lodged against the former House majority leader last week.
Later on Monday, a different grand jury -- which had no prior involvement in the case -- brought the new charges, which roughly match allegations made against two of DeLay's political associates one year ago.
His lawyers are busy looking for loopholes to try to get the charges dropped, but with 2 grand juries willing to indict, it is clear there is a lot of evidence against him.
One interesting bit; While DeLay has officially resigned his leadership position, it may be in name only. He is keeping the office, he is still calling the shots, and isn't yet willing to cede any of the power.
So, in effect, the republicans are allowing themselves to be led by a twice indicted congressman, despite the rules of congress.