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Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:32 PM

FBI considered a sting aimed at Newt Gingrich in 1997

It is a curious case in the annals of the FBI: The bureau considered a sting operation against then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich after sifting through allegations from a notorious arms dealer that a $10 million bribe might get Congress to lift the Iraqi arms embargo.

The FBI ended up calling off the operation in June 1997. It decided there was no evidence that Gingrich knew anything about the conversations the arms dealer was secretly recording with a man who said he was acting on behalf of Gingrich’s then-wife, Marianne, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.

But details of the case, which became public this week in an article and documents posted online by a nonprofit journalist, show how a series of second- and third-hand conversations alleging that the top man in Congress might be for sale caught the attention of federal investigators.

“There are so many falsehoods,” Marianne Gingrich said Thursday. “The FBI, they should have been protecting me, not going after me. This is scary stuff.”

full: http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/fbi-considered-a-sting-aimed-at-newt-gingrich-in-1997/2011/12/15/gIQAT7B1wO_singlePage.html

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alp227 Dec 2011 OP
gateley Dec 2011 #1
unionworks Dec 2011 #2
Gregorian Dec 2011 #3
The Straight Story Dec 2011 #4
Major Hogwash Jan 2012 #5

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Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:38 PM

1. “The FBI, they should have been protecting me, not going after me. This is scary stuff.”

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Thu Dec 15, 2011, 10:44 PM

2. I wonder if

 

They really are going to run Jeb Bush.

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Response to unionworks (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 15, 2011, 11:45 PM

3. That's one trifecta America couldn't handle.

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Fri Dec 16, 2011, 05:58 PM

4. kick (nt)

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 06:03 PM

5. Wow, no wonder he was a tea party "flavor of the month" favorite.

" . . . allegations from a notorious arms dealer that a $10 million bribe might get Congress to lift the Iraqi arms embargo."

Incredible.

Good thing he just became an historian for Fannie Mae, huh?


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