Ethics panel won't investigate DeLay

From Carolyn Kay:

Why hasn’t this been all over the mainstream media?

Seattle Times
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Hastings says ethics panel won’t investigate DeLay
By Alicia Mundy
Seattle Times Washington bureau

WASHINGTON – Rep. Doc Hastings, the Washington state Republican who chairs the House ethics committee, touched off a political controversy this week with statements supporting embattled Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

Hastings told the Yakima Herald-Republic that his committee would not investigate a 15-month-old complaint about DeLay’s role in alleged illegal campaign contributions in Texas.

Such an investigation would duplicate the work of the Texas district attorney who obtained indictments against DeLay over the fund-raising issue, Hastings said. “We don’t have the resources,” he added.

A Hastings spokeswoman later said the congressman wasn’t ruling out an investigation after the criminal case.

Yakima Herald-Republic, WA
Published on Friday, October 7, 2005

Doc feels the heat

Seeking to blunt criticism that he has compromised his objectivity by publicly commenting on Texas Congressman Tom DeLay, Rep. Doc Hastings said Thursday he would not hesitate to investigate the former House majority leader “at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way.”

The Pasco Republican has been criticized by at least one conservative group and a public advocacy group for commenting on DeLay’s indictment by a Texas grand jury and for suggesting the Travis County district attorney who brought the charges is politically motivated.

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