September 27th, 2013
03:19 PM ET

Former Congressman Tom Delay Speaks Out After Being Acquitted of Money Laundering Charges

Tom Delay was once one of the most powerful men in Washington.

The congressman from Texas was one of Newt Gingrich's lieutenants in the Republican revolution of 1994, when the GOP stormed back to take control of the House. Later that decade, Delay was one of the leaders behind the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

By 2003, he climbed even high, becoming the majority leader in the House. But two years later, the man known as the Hammer, was indicted for trying to influence local elections in Texas.

He stepped down from Congress the next year, and was convicted in 2010. Last week, vindication finally, as his conviction on money laundering charges was overturned.

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Former House Majority Leader Delay, along with his attorney Brian Wice, spoke to Anchor Chris Cuomo:

"... I'm not guilty, I've been acquitted on the facts of the case and the fact that the prosecution never presented evidence of proceeds of a criminal activity, and without proceedsĀ of criminal activity, there's no money laundering. So I shouldn't serve time because I'm not guilty."

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