New York (CNN) - White House hopeful Newt Gingrich welcomed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's threat to unearth information from an ethics investigation from when the Republican presidential candidate was serving in Congress.
Pelosi was part of the ethics investigative subcommittee that evaluated the charges against the Republican presidential candidate when he was House Speaker in the late 90s.
Gingrich declared the committee "capriciously political" and a "tainted political ethics operation" because Pelosi, a lightning rod among conservatives, was involved. He said it would be an "early Christmas gift" from Pelosi if she revealed classified information from the committee's report.
"Well if she's suggesting she's going to use material that she developed while she was on the ethics committee, that is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope that members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it," said Gingrich. "I think it tells you how capriciously political that committee was that she was on it. It tells you how tainted the outcome was that she was on it."
According to the minority leader's office, Pelosi never intended to release information that is not already in the public domain.
"Leader Pelosi was clearly referring to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware," said Pelosi spokesperson Nadeam Elshami.
Earlier in the day, in an interview with the left-leaning news site, Talking Points Memo, Pelosi said, "One of these days we'll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich," she said. "When the time is right…I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of stuff."
In 1997, the House voted to reprimand the Gingrich and was ordered to pay a $300,000 penalty for failing to ensure the tax-deductible charitable contributions that financed a college course he taught did not violate federal tax law and for giving the House ethics committee false information.
Three years later, the Internal Revenue Service cleared the organizations involved of possible tax violations.
Gingrich defended his ethics record.
"We turned over a million pages of material. We had a huge report. The total – 83 charges were repudiated as false. The one mistake we made was a letter written by a lawyer that I didn't read carefully enough. That is the only mistake made in the entire process. Every other charge against me was found false in the long run. The course was totally legal, the work we did with the foundation for totally legal, but as you know, corrections often appear on page 17, not on page one."
Gingrich benefited from the fact that Republicans ran the House, and so the House charges were dropped in exchange for his resignation. If he had nothing to hide, had committed no crime, then why resign?
What have you got to hide Newt??????? Let it come out...your running for the highest job in the land...we need to know what your character is....I mean other than running around on your wives and pointing the finger at Clinton!! Any man who would lie and deceive their wives, is in trouble with me anyway! Kind of creepy....I prefer an honest, and true man like Obama than a woman chaser!!
if he is the nominee, then the repugs have really, really gone to the dogs
Even revealing how much information there was that was classified is a breach of ethics from Pelosi. I'm figuring Newt is right, this is gonna backfire on Pelosi big time, even if the records are in the public domain.
newt sounds a lil defensive....hmmmm? this just gets better and better!
Too bad the Dems don't have any accomplishments to run on.
what a line up by the GOP! mitt reminds people of a fish that jumped out of his fish tank and is now flip flopping all over the floor! newt is like being on you 6 or 7th day after thanksgiving and your still eating the left over turkey every night for dinner. the rest of the field looks like you found them all under the same rock where palin was living.what an insult to the democratic party that you think that your lineup is even close to being able to beat obama on any issue.
Nothing to hide then why would he threaten her? If he did no wrong, the information would in fact help him; unless he has something to hide....
Its Ron Paul or Gingrich but I wonder if they have enough fire power to oust the great Obama?
The subcommittee must really have some juicy stuff on Newt for him to come out so forceful against it. The Newtster sounds really scared. Bring it on, lets watch Newt explode.
Lets see. He associated with a communist anarchist who launched his political career. His pastor for twenty years preached hate for America. What else do you have on this Newt Gingirch character Nancy?
Go Pelosi. Expose Newt Gingrich for who he is!!!!
Newt deserves a lump of coal this Christmas and every Christmas and this is it. I hope I hope!