DeLay interview with prosecutors played for jury
AUSTIN (AP) — Jurors in Tom DeLay's money laundering trial in Austin are hearing a taped interview the ex-U.S. House majority leader gave to prosecutors.
In the interview, DeLay said he knew beforehand about a money swap that authorities allege was part of a scheme to illegally funnel corporate donations to Texas GOP candidates in 2002.
DeLay has said he misspoke during the August 2005 interview and didn't know about the transaction until much later. In the interview played for jurors on Wednesday, DeLay repeatedly said the money swap was legal, common practice and done by both Republicans and Democrats.
DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering and faces up to life in prison if convicted. He has denied any wrongdoing.