House Republicans demanded the immediate resignation of a Democratic lawmaker they say leaked a tape of a telephone conversation among Republican leaders about Speaker Newt Gingrich’s ethics problems.
They also made clear Sunday they intend to hold public hearings on the Gingrich matter next weekend, on the eve of the presidential inauguration and before a Jan. 21 deadline for the ethics committee to recommend a punishment for any violations.
Time magazine, in its current edition, quotes anonymous GOP sources as saying they suspect that Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., a House Ethics Committee member, leaked the recording. But the GOP leaders did not publicly accuse McDermott on Sunday.
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