House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), who recently sent supporters a mass e-mail proclaiming his innocence of ethical transgressions, spoke out yesterday on conservative talk radio shows.
DeLay, speaking from his district in suburban Houston, stuck to his vow to increase the congressional oversight of federal judges after they refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case. "We have the opportunity to set up courts; we can also dismantle courts and reorganize them," DeLay told Tony Snow on Fox News Radio.
Asked if he would include any Supreme Court justices among those he considers activist and isolated, DeLay singled out Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was named to the court by President Ronald Reagan. "Absolutely," DeLay replied. "We've got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States. That's just outrageous. And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."
In an interview that ran for nearly half an hour, DeLay also lashed out at journalists who have produced stories raising questions about his past relationships with lobbyists and the sources of funds for his overseas travel.
"You talk about judicial activism," DeLay said. "We now have journalistic activism."
DeLay said that all the scrutiny "certainly has gotten me closer to God."
"You don't like seeing this, and it hurts your family. It hurts your staff," he said. "But, you know, we're not going to take it. We're fighting back."
Hyde's Role in Impeachment
House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde's office released a long list of his legislative achievements Monday, the day he announced that he will not seek reelection in 2006.
Among those achievements: his role as chief manager of the impeachment case against President Bill Clinton in 1998, when Hyde was the Judiciary Committee chairman.
"Lying under oath and obstructing justice can never be a justifiable response in any court proceeding, and is certainly not a private matter," the Illinois Republican's announcement said. "Hundreds of Americans are serving prison terms in federal and state prisons for such crimes." The Senate acquitted Clinton.
"Maybe we can elect Hillary Clinton pope. God knows what she's running for."
-- Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) when he appeared yesterday with Clinton at a breakfast of construction union officials, as reported by the Associated Press.