Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mr. Gingrich's Agony Continues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mr. Gingrich's Agony Continues

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The House Ethics Committee has been investigating for some time whether Speaker Newt Gingrich violated House rules by using the resources of tax-exempt groups to promote partisan political causes. Although the committee's special counsel, James Cole, has completed his work, the committee has so far declined to release his findings. Instead, it has now decided to broaden the investigation - not good news for Mr. Gingrich.

The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats gave a subcommittee the job of overseeing Mr. Cole's work; that subcommittee, voting unanimously, chose to broaden the inquiry. When members of one's own party agree to delve further into the alleged misdeeds of a colleague, a clean bill of health isn't right around the corner.

But the questions now to be pursued are really extensions of matters already being examined, relating to the exact nature of Mr. Gingrich's dealings with several tax-exempt foundations. One of them supposedly helped promote a political course he taught that critics maintain was partisan and so not entitled to tax-exempt status. …

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