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December 31st, 2014
06:18 PM ET

New questions about Scalise speech

(CNN) - It seems there are more questions than answers surrounding Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, and whether or not he spoke to a white supremacist group back in 2002.

He apologized yesterday for appearing at the convention of the European American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by David Duke, the notorious former Klan leader and state lawmaker.

But Duke's former campaign manager told Slate.com that Scalise actually had been invited to talk to a local civic association gathering in the same location, saying quote: "He spoke early in the day to a contingent of people prior to the conference kicking off. He was not there as a guest speaker at the conference."

If that's true, then what did Scalise apologize for?

CNN's Athena Jones joins "The Lead" live with all the latest.

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