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S.C. Officials To Investigate Bogus Emails About Newt Gingrich's Ex-Wife, Marianne

By SHANNON McCAFFREY   01/20/12 10:52 PM ET  AP

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina prosecutor says officials will launch an investigation into fake emails aimed at Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.

Deputy Attorney General Bryan Stirling said Friday that the chief of South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, Mark Keel, has been asked to conduct a preliminary review of the facts surrounding the fake emails.

One of the bogus emails falsely claims to be a Gingrich campaign response to a news report, also false, that he had forced his ex-wife Marianne into terminating a pregnancy.

At a campaign stop Friday night, Gingrich called the emails "disgusting" and said the offenders should be prosecuted.

Stirling says that the findings of the investigation will be presented to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who will determine if any laws have been broken.

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