CNN Exclusive: Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce
December 26th, 2011
12:04 PM ET
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CNN Exclusive: Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce

Editor's note: Alan Duke grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and began his career covering politics there. He began covering Newt Gingrich during Gingrich's first campaigns for public office.

CARROLLTON, Georgia (CNN) - Newt Gingrich claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.

The Republican presidential candidate, now in his third marriage, has been peppered with attacks and questions about his divorce from Jackie Gingrich for the past three decades.

Gingrich Court Documents: Original Divorce Decree

Gingrich Court Documents: Contempt of Court filing

Gingrich Court Documents: Divorce Modification


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Divorce-is-divorce...

    Media wants to create versions...Give us a break...!

    December 26, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Portland tony

    People get divorced every day. A 30 year old he said-she said isn't really pertinent to Newt's Presidential aspirations. He's got more baggage to be concerned with.

    December 26, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. jerry

    yeah...go after the crap out of you never did to obama. Why don't you expound on obamas sealed academic records, his SAT scores...after all you went after President Bush in this regard... Fact is Newt would destroy the teleprompter obama in this race and you just have got to get him out like you did Herman Cain.

    December 26, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Bill

    Who cares about that personal's his insider, old-time politics credentials that we need to be checking out. As Soeaker of the House, he was privy and likely into so much backroom dealing and secret 4 deals. Why else go into a relatively low-pay job like a representative if not to partake of the feast of insider info to make $?? That's the way it works, folks!!

    December 26, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    @Portland Tony - Not he said/she said. COURT PAPERS.

    December 26, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Thanks to the 70 degree weather in Austin this week, the ONLY thing I have in common with Obama is that I'll be playing golf every day!

    December 26, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. For Obama 2012

    Jerry please do not blame anyone for Herman Cain down fall, what ever happen to him is his own doing.

    December 26, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Yanni

    Religious right hypocrisy at the best is displayed when ever they are confronted by reality. How inconvenience is the truth? To bad for the man who made his name and political career by criticising Clinton for his failing

    December 26, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Jerry, Keith, your delusions about Newt and Obama are just that – delusions. Newt is utterly unelectable and you know it. And Obama has done a very fine job despite the virulent and sometimes nonsensical opposition to everything he does. He deserves another 4 years and will get it.

    December 26, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Como

    How about Holder and Fast and Furious and its impacts upon US and Mexico relations? How about ATF and Holder trying to setup a 2nd amendment confrontation with falsehoods developed from Fast and Furious? How about Geithner and MF Global contacts? Obamacare going to the Supreme Court? Congress supeonas FMAC and FMAE execs? Write some news articles instead of being a shill for the Democrats. Obama 90 golf games in 3 years. I am a golf club member and retired and cannot find time to play that much golf without neglecting other responsibilities. Well???

    December 26, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Albion

    I bet he lied to the Catholic Church about his first marriage, to be able to join and get married in the Church.
    So, he's not only above the judiciary, but higher law too. What a piece of work!
    Thank God he won't be President.

    December 26, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Jules

    Newt lied – oh no! Who is ever going to believe that. What is even worse than him lying about who wanted the divorce is that he did not support his family after they separated. The community had to take up a collection for his wife and daughters so they could survive. How does one single person support this horrible person for anything.?

    December 26, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. mikedeang

    Lol how family values suddenly no longer matter when its a Repulbican candidate.

    December 26, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. mmac

    I have one word for this......... SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    December 26, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Larry L

    @Keith in Austin

    "Thanks to the 70 degree weather in Austin this week, the ONLY thing I have in common with Obama is that I'll be playing golf every day!"
    I suspect you're correct. The President is very intelligent, logical and compassionate toward the poor.

    December 26, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Gemini Girl

    I believe that Newt the Grinch, for this third marriage, was able to get married in a Catholic church because he was NEVER MARRIED BEFORE in a Catholic Church. (I got married in a Catholic church in the '70's, so for my second marriage, got married at NYC's City Hall.) (I guess that makes me not really re-married in the eyes of the Catholic Church, but so be it.)

    December 26, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Gemini Girl

    In order for Newt the lizard not to have anymore scrutiny, I say he drop out now!! And let the odds-on-favorite-all-along, Willard Romney, get the nomination. There is a whole lot of baggage not all known yet about Newty boy. He is a snake, and too bad not all people see this yet. Of course, watch FAUX News and you will NEVER hear any of it...they want to keep their ppl famously low-information-informed. And on Willard, his middle name is MITT; to hear him say it, he wants to pretend his first name is Mitt. And so the 2012 Class of Clown Car Act continues. Note to self: buy the BIG-SIZE popcorn at Costco' (The only one not a "clown" is Jon Huntsmann...oh, well, perhaps 2016 if his year, if the rest of these class-of-clowns is nowhere in sight....

    December 26, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Real Patriot

    I'm SHOCKED!
    Newt is a liar, cheater and egomaniac!?!
    No......can't be... it must be the mainstream media's fault-it's the "broken System", or it's because he "works to hard for his country"...

    And this clown has supporters? He barely avoided jail for God's Sake...he had to quit as Speaker instead....amazing.....

    December 26, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |