President Says DeLay Is Not Guilty of Money Laundering
President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.It is not only highly unusual but highly inappropriate. The phrase jury tampering comes to mind. If King George said it it must be true. This is just another example of George W. Bush considering himself above the law and the only one who can decide guilt and innocence. We don't need no stinken Magna Carta.
In an interview with Fox News, Bush said he hopes DeLay will be cleared of charges that he illegally steered corporate money into campaigns for the Texas legislature and will reclaim his powerful leadership position in Congress.
"I hope that he will, 'cause I like him, and plus, when he's over there, we get our votes through the House," Bush told Fox News's Brit Hume. DeLay was forced to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in the fundraising case, and he is seeking a quick trial in hopes of returning to power early next year.
But the president said he believes that DeLay is not guilty -- weeks before his trial is expected to begin.
It is highly unusual for a president to express an opinion on a pending legal case. Richard M. Nixon, for instance, was widely criticized for declaring Charles Manson "guilty, directly or indirectly" of murder while Manson's trial was ongoing.
Of course with Bush's current credibility problems this could work against Delay.
John Cole asks:
Why would he even comment on this? There is nothing to be gained.The answer from the comments section that I think is about right.
Hammer’s doing a heckuva job….I vote for all of the above.
I figure that the bugman knows where all the skeletons are buried, forcing people to defend him even if it goes against their best interests.
Or…Bush is a moron.