Armey weighs replacing ethics panelists


WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dick Armey, the House Republican leader, is trying to replace most of the members of the House ethics committee, which is considering charges against Newt Gingrich, the speaker of the House.

Rep. David E. Bonior of Michigan, the Democratic whip, who has filed several of the charges of tax and campaign law violations pending against the speaker, said such a change would amount to an effort to fix the case. Republicans said it was normal housekeeping.

The ethics committee news came as House Republicans, without dissent, chose Gingrich and Armey as their leaders in the 105th Congress. Because it would be inappropriate for Gingrich to choose members of the committee investigating him, Gingrich asked Armey to take on this task for him, said Michele Davis, a spokeswoman for Armey. She said all that was involved was the "normal rotation" of committee membership.

Bonior said Gingrich would still be picking his own judges through his deputy as House GOP leader.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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