Gingrich earlier admitted he had violated House rules and was prepared to accept the committee’s recommendation for punishment.
Cole also said that while the committee had not reached a conclusion about whether Gingrich had violated tax laws, that matter will be left to the Internal Revenue Service. The committee plans to make available its files to the IRS.
In addition, the panel has not yet resolved complaints that Gingrich received improper gifts, contributions and support from GOPAC, a political action committee he once headed. [meaning several of those 84 ethics violations were never fully investigated due to time issues]
As a result of those negotiations, completed on Dec. 20, the three counts were combined into a single count of engaging “in conduct that did not reflect creditably on the House of Representatives.” In return, Gingrich agreed to admit to the violations, and face a reprimand and the financial penalty.
My favorite portion of Newt Gingrich trying to ignore and/or dismiss the 84 ethics charges filed against him from when he was Speaker of the House in the 90’s is laughable at best. What is even better is Newt’s deception of the $300,000 fine he received for the Ethics Violation that he did stick.
196 Republicans along with Democrats voted in favor of the House Ethics Violation he was found guilty of.
The House Ethics committee voted in the affirmative for the HOUSE ETHICS Tax Violation that Newt received and note that they were not sure if Newt had broken any IRS laws in the process of his violating the House Ethics rules, therefore they would leave that portion to the IRS to determine. In the mean time, the House Ethics Committee DID in fact find him guilty of violating HOUSE ETHICS RULES that he, Newt was responsible for upholding while he, Newt was speaker of the House.
Simplified: Newt is still guilty of violating House Ethics Rules even though the IRS found that he did not violate their laws at the time.