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Texas: DeLay prosecution denies browbeating grand jury, and issues subpoenas to Roy Blunt PAC

AP reports: Prosecutors in Rep. Tom DeLay's conspiracy and money laundering case on Wednesday denied allegations that they coerced a grand jury to indict the former House majority leader.

DeLay's attorneys have asked that charges against the Republican be dropped because Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, "browbeat and coerced" grand jurors into filing criminal charges. ...

Also Wednesday, Earle filed subpoenas for Texas bank records for DeLay's national political committee, Americans for a Republican Majority, or ARMPAC, and records of contributions the committee made to the Missouri Republican Party and the Rely on Your Own Beliefs Fund.

The Rely fund is operated by Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, who took over as majority leader when DeLay was forced to step down in September because of the felony indictments.

An Associated Press report last month, citing campaign documents, said DeLay deliberately raised more money than he needed to throw parties at the 2000 presidential convention, then diverted some of the excess to Blunt through donations that benefited both men's causes.

When the money shifting stopped, the beneficiaries were DeLay's private charity, a consulting firm that employed DeLay's wife and the Missouri campaign of Blunt's son, now the state's governor. A Blunt aide told AP then that some money could have been routed to state candidates. -- AP Wire | 11/16/2005 | DeLay prosecutors deny misconduct charges

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