Reps. Sununu and McIntyre
February 12, 1997
in this forum:
What is your position on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution? What is the status of legislation to help fund higher education? How should Congress address the Medicare issue? Paying for the President's education proposals. REP. MCINTYRE: Why are you a Democrat? REP. SUNUNU: What are the Republicans doing to investigate the taping of Newt Gingrich's phone conversation? REP. SUNUNU: What should be done to address the investment deficit in the United States?
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A question from Thomas W. Tucker :
Will the Republicans ensure that the laws of the U.S. are upheld and demand prosecution of any Democratic Congressmen or Congresswomen involved in distributing the illegal tapes made of Newt Gingrich's infamous conference call?
Rep. John Sununu responds:
The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee) has referred the incident you describe to the Department of Justice. As you may be aware, listening to and recording of phone conversations without consent of all parties is illegal. Congress will wait until this criminal investigation is complete before pursuing the matter through an ethics committee investigation. I am very confident that any member of Congress or any staff member found guilty of such a violation of federal law will be dealt with appropriately by both the Justice Department and the House of Representatives.