A Ventriloquist?

When Gingrich’s signature appeared on a <A HREF="/news_wire/newt/letter2_4.html">letter</a> denying GOPAC involvement with his college course, he initially dodged responsibility. But now we’ve got him <A href="/wp-content/uploads/legacy/news/feature/1997/01/newt.ram">on tape</a>. . .

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When Newt Gingrich admitted, on December 21, 1996, that he had violated House ethics rules, he initially tried to blame the violation on his lawyer. Gingrich claimed to have signed, but not thoroughly reviewed, a letter to the ethics committee that denied GOPAC’s involvement in funding Kennesaw State College Foundation’s Renewing American Civilization course.

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But this time there’s no chance to pass the buck. The MoJo Wire has obtained a copy of a July 1993 interview with a student reporter at Kennesaw State College, which finds Gingrich again denying, in his own voice, GOPAC’s involvement. And his lawyer was nowhere to be seen…

Hear an audio clip from Gingrich’s interview. You’ll need to download the RealAudio player.

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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