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Gingrich Seeks Action

House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused “embittered Democrats” Wednesday of filing false charges against him and said he hadn’t been contacted by the House ethics committee for a response. A critic of Gingrich said it was time the panel got moving.

Gingrich said he expected bipartisanship from the committee of five Democrats and five Republicans. It scheduled its second meeting of the year Wednesday but was not obliged to consider complaints against Gingrich.

An array of ethics complaints have alleged improprieties involving fund-raising by Gingrich’s political organizations, the use of his congressional staff, his contract for two books and taxdeductible donations to a Gingrich-taught college course.The committee also could hire an outside investigator to make recommendations on how to proceed. Democrats have asked for such an appointment.

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