House Ethics Committee should investigate possible connection between Tom DeLay's UK Travel and Abramoff
Dear Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member Mollohan:
Common Cause urges the House Committee on Standards of Conduct to include in its investigation of Representative Tom DeLay's (R-TX) 2000 trip to England and Scotland whether the trip was a gift from lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for legislative assistance from Representative DeLay and whether this trip was primarily recreational in nature.
The Justice Department is also investigating aspects of the 2000 trip as part of its wide-ranging investigation of Abramoff. Published reports have cited a document produced by the British Home Office that states: "U.S. officials are investigating whether Abramoff was involved in obtaining legislative assistance from public officials in exchange for arranging and underwriting trips to the U.K." The British document goes on to state that the investigation involves, "high-profile American and U.K.-based individuals, including a leading congressman and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher."
Officials in Britain and the U.S. have confirmed that the "leading congressman" was Representative DeLay.
The House Ethics Committee's investigation of Representative DeLay's 2000 trip must include whether Abramoff arranged and paid for trips to Great Britain in order to secure the assistance of elected officials, specifically Rep. DeLay, on legislative matters.
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