Gingrich: I cheated during Clinton impeachment

The man who would be president admits to an affair during the Monica Lewinsky case.

Published March 9, 2007 2:40PM (EST)

In a radio interview with Focus on the Family's James Dobson, thrice-married Newt Gingrich acknowledges that he was having an extramarital affair at exactly the same time he was leading the House of Representatives through the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Hypocrite? Not me, says Newt.

"I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed ... I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials,'" he says.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gingrich says he doesn't believe in "situational ethics."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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