Gingrich Negotiating End To Ethics Probe

Speaker Newt Gingrich has been seeking a negotiated conclusion to the politically charged House ethics investigation that has clouded his future, congressional sources said Friday night.

There were indications the case could be wrapped up relatively quickly, although it was not clear what confession of wrongdoing Gingrich might be prepared to make, or whether the full House might be called on to vote a formal reprimand against him.

Nor was it clear what role Democrats were playing in the discussions.

A House ethics subcommittee, two members from each party, has been investigating the tax-exempt financing of Gingrich’s college course. Last September, the panel expanded the probe to include whether the speaker had given accurate statements to investigators.

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