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The News article, "Gingrich sees Clinton run in 2008," suggests that Speaker Newt Gingrich "resigned from the House and the leadership in 1998 after ethics charges that he had illegally diverted tax-exempt charitable funds for political purposes."

In fact, Gingrich, who left office in 1999, gave up the speakership after losing seats in the 1998 election, for which he took responsibility. Leaving office had nothing to do with ethics charges. On Oct. 10, 1998, the Ethics Committee dropped the last three of 84 ethics charges Democratic representatives had filed against him. So out of 84 politically motivated, unsubstantiated ethics charges filed, every single one was found to be without merit.

During the investigations, the speaker turned over mountains of documents. In a single instance, a paper his lawyer prepared that he signed disagreed with another. Gingrich took responsibility and agreed to reimburse the committee for the cost of the investigation. The agreement said specifically that it was not a fine, as some in the media like to call it. But to the substance of the accusations, not a single charge against Gingrich was ever found to be true.

Rick Tyler

Communications Director

Gingrich Communications