USA Today published a story claiming that Newt Gingrich broke the law when he said during the Republican Jewish Coalition GOP debate on Wednesday that he would appoint John Bolton, the former ambassador to the UN, as Secretary of State. The story has been picked up by several other outlets. However, those claims are false.
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Newt's comment was, "If he will accept it, I will ask John Bolton to be Secretary of State." The basis for calling this illegal is Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code, which states that: