U.S. House Republicans are under attack for changing their party rules to protect House Majority Leader Tom Delay.
The new rules would allow Delay to keep his leadership position even if he's indicted by a Texas Grand Jury. Three of Delay's political associates are currently under indictment. The change allows a group of lawmakers to review any felony indictment of a party leader. The group would then recommend if the leader should step aside.
"We are trying to protect members of our leadership from any crackpot district attorney in any state in the nation from taking on a political agenda and indicting any member for any frivolous cause that they seem, that they think is important," said Republican Henry Bonilla of Texas.
U.S. House Democrats attacked the change, saying all Republicans did was lower their ethical standards for a leader.