Cortney O'Brien

“He’s been vindicated, folks.” Former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay has been acquitted of 2010 money laundering and conspiracy charges, ruled a Texas Appeals Court after documents revealed there was "insufficient evidence” to sustain the conviction. DeLay reacted to the court’s decision on Hannity last night, thankful he can finally get past years of false accusations and unfair trials.

Hannity began by asking the former congressman a pretty good question: “Didn't the judge in this case say you never should have been charged?”

“They shopped over six grand juries. One of them no-billed me. They found a rogue district attorney that found a newly sworn in grand jury on the last day of the statute of limitations. Thirty minutes after they were sworn in, they brought an indictment on me.”

What’s more, DeLay discussed the politically motivated method of his case moving down to the state's capital.

“That's the whole problem. It was unconstitutional, number one, to try me in Austin, Texas, the most liberal part of the state. You couldn't find a jury, any jury pool that didn't know Tom Delay. We showed them that 90 percent of them knew me and hated me. Whatever jury showed up they were going to convict me.”

Despite his accusers seemingly trying to criminalize him for political differences, DeLay didn’t bat an eye for an eye, but chose to rely on his faith.

“I got to tell you, I told people today, they said, you know, a huge burden lifted off your shoulders. And I tell them I didn't have a burden on my shoulders. I gave my burden to the Lord and He carried it. I didn't have to.”

DeLay's composure throughout his never-ending trial is admirable, to say the least. The former representative ended his interview with a promise.

“They didn't slow me down. I'm still working for what's right. That's for sure.”

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Cortney O'Brien

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