By Tom Flocco
Washington—July 7, 2006—TomFlocco.com—Former GOP House Majority Leader Tom Delay testified against President George W. Bush before one of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s grand juries during the week of May 22, according to U.S. intelligence sources with knowledge of the case.
It was also revealed that British operatives involved in the Friday, May 26 shootout at the House Rayburn building parking garage had been seeking files in DeLay's office in an attempt to recover evidence regarding indicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
In exchange for his grand jury cooperation, Delay received transactional immunity from prosecution.
Bush administration worried about Powell and Tenet testimony?
Former Bush 43 Secretary of State Colin Powell had previously testified last summer according to intelligence sources who added that former CIA Director George Tenet has also provided testimony against Mr. Bush before the grand jury.
Individuals around Powell told intelligence sources that the former secretary of state was taken to an Aspen, Colorado hospital today after a meal with former President Clinton and others participating in the Aspen Ideas forum.
Those close to the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the sources that they were originally worried that Powell might have been the victim of an attempted poisoning; but Powell later returned from the hospital and said he was fine.
Last week Kenneth Lay, convicted former CEO of bankrupt Enron Corporation and close friend of George W. Bush, was found dead of a reported heart attack in Aspen, Colorado.
Drugs and money-laundering cited in Abramoff case testimony
Intelligence sources said former Majority Leader DeLay "joined GOP California Representative Jerry Lewis in cooperating with Department of Justice officials before the grand jury."
presented included criminal activities related to convicted GOP lobbyist Jack
Abramoff; and part of DeLay's testimony dealt with drug money-laundering
activities linked to
reportedly provided evidence and testimony regarding approximately 17 areas of
criminal evidence involving Mr. Bush; however, the full scope of the testimony
was not revealed.
Delay was allegedly "up to his eyeballs regarding retirement accounts, gifts and income issues" linked to his family, the government probe of his campaign finance activities and links to questionable contributions regarding a former House staffer employed as a lobbyist according to the sources.
On July 24, 1998 Delay was nearly assassinated himself in his Capitol Hill office; and intelligence agents knew that he was aware of multiple criminal activities linked to the Bush and Clinton crime families, adding that the former House leader "knew where the bodies were buried."
Covered up Rayburn gunfight
The shootout at the House Rayburn building was covered up by legislative leaders and a White House well aware that DeLay was due to vacate his House office on Friday, June 9.
This left a rapidly decreasing window of opportunity for those who also knew he had testified before the grand jury at the end of May and might have evidence regarding the content of that appearance still remaining in his Capitol Hill office.
The May 26 Rayburn altercation likely closed the door on any opportunity to covertly confiscate documents from Delay’s office before he officially left the House of Representatives just two weeks later, given heightened security awareness in subsequent days.
The gunfight between British, French and Israeli agents turned into an exchange of automatic weapons fire on the level just below daily activities involving House members and their staffs on the floors above.
repairmen were reportedly flown in from
The Rayburn gunfight took place with the full knowledge of Bush officials since formal protests and reports were exchanged by the British and French governments which were provided to the administration according to high national security sources.
presented to Mr. Bush were classified under arcane
media has not reported the existence of the British and French protest
documents sent to the president.