The Speaker's Wrong Stuff

Jim Wright is hit with ethics charges

Rumors about the financial dealings of Speaker of the House Jim Wright have been accumulating for years, like interest at the troubled savings and loan associations he has been accused of helping a little too much. But the allegations took on a new seriousness two weeks ago, when the citizens' lobby Common Cause, followed several days later by 72 Republican Congressmen, asked the House ethics committee to investigate.

Together the two requests touch on most of Wright's questionable financial dealings. These include his intervention with Anwar Sadat on behalf of a businessman friend seeking oil rights in Egypt and similar intervention...

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