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Former US House Leader Booked on Money Laundering, Conspiracy Charges

The former majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives turned himself in to authorities Thursday to face charges of money laundering and conspiracy.

Congressman Tom DeLay reported to a sheriff's office in Houston, Texas, where he was booked, photographed and fingerprinted before being released on $10,000 bond.

Mr. DeLay had been expected to appear for booking after a Texas state court issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday. The court's move was a formality under Texas law, which requires that an arrest warrant be issued for anyone indicted on a felony charge.

The Republican congressman has denied the charges against him, saying they are politically motivated.

Mr. DeLay has kept his Texas congressional seat but has stepped down as Republican leader under a party rule requiring him to give up the post if charged with a felony.

Some information for this report provided by AP.