Published: Aug 16, 2010 11:56 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 6:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said he always knew a Justice Department probe of his ties to disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff would end without any criminal charges being filed against him.

DeLay said during a conference call Monday that he wished the investigation hadn't taken six years to conclude.

One of DeLay's lawyers, Richard Cullen, announced earlier in the day that the Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity
informed DeLay's legal team last week that it was ending the investigation.

Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney declined to comment on the end of DeLay's case, which is normal when the department ends a criminal probe without filing charges.