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Talks Under Way On Gingrich Investigation

Republicans and Democrats on the House ethics committee have begun intense negotiations that could lead to appointment of a special counsel to investigate Speaker Newt Gingrich’s conduct, congressional sources said Tuesday night.

The sources said Republicans offered Tuesday to support appointing an outside lawyer to investigate whether Gingrich, R-Ga., misused U.S. tax law in raising tax-deductible contributions for a college course he taught.

A complaint filed a year ago contends that the college course was really a fund-raising tool of the Gingrich-led political action committee, GOPAC. The complaint says that if the course was political rather than educational, the tax-deductible donations were improper.

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