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DeLay might step aside if indicted

Aides to House GOP leader Tom DeLay denied a report that DeLay is discussing temporarily leaving his post if he is indicted for campaign finance abuses.

Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported Thursday that DeLay, R-Texas, has begun quiet talks with a handful of colleagues about the possibility of stepping down, which would be required under Republican conference rules.
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, has been investigating whether Texans for a Republican Majority, a non-profit group and related political action committee with ties to DeLay, broke Texas law during the 2002 state legislative elections by using corporate donations.

Even if he is indicted, DeLay could return to his leadership post if he is cleared of the allegations, the charges are dismissed or reduced to a non-felony. -- Probe may force DeLay to step down - (United Press International via Washington Times)

I love this story. They give the denial first and contradict their own headline.