The House Ethics Committee met Thursday for the first time since the resignation of former Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) but took no action on a Democratic complaint against Wright's chief accuser, Minority Whip Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D-Los Angeles), the committee chairman, said there is "a strong likelihood" that the panel will meet again next week and could act then on any of several complaints pending against House members, including accusations concerning an unusual book promotion deal by Gingrich.
The complaint against Gingrich contends that he may have violated House rules governing gifts and outside income as well as campaign finance laws.
The complaint concerns a limited partnership formed by Gingrich and run by his wife to promote a 1984 book they co-wrote.