Pelosi ready to tell all on Gingrich
December 5th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
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Pelosi ready to tell all on Gingrich

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said Monday that any potentially-damaging information she had on Newt Gingrich was all open to the public, defending earlier comments that she had "a thousand pages" of investigative material on Gingrich during his time as House speaker.

"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 Nadeam Elshami, a Pelosi spokesman, in a statement.

Earlier Monday, Pelosi suggested in an interview she would talk in detail at some point about the House ethics committee's investigation of Gingrich in the late 1990s.

In the interview with the left-leaning news website Talking Points Memo, Pelosi was pressed to talk about her thoughts on the Republican presidential candidate's recent rise in the polls. While the House Democratic Leader demurred, she signaled she'd have more to say later.

"One of these days we'll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich," Pelosi told TPM. "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 his stuff."

According to the TPM story, Pelosi "joked" the information would come out "when the time's right."

After hearing about the interview, Gingrich told reporters in New York that he considered Pelosi's comments "an early Christmas gift" and said any information the Democratic Leader might release on the ethics probe would itself be a violation of House ethics rules.

"That is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it," Gingrich said. If Pelosi did talk publicly about any private deliberations of the inquiry, Gingrich urged members of the House to file a complaint against her.

At his press conference on Monday, former Speaker Gingrich also noted that 83 charges the House committee investigated were found to be false.

But in 1997 Gingrich became the only speaker to be reprimanded by the House, for giving false information about using tax deductible funds for political purposes to the ethics committee. He was also ordered to pay $300,000 to cover the cost of the panel's inquiry.


Filed under: 2012 • House of Representatives • Nancy Pelosi • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Tomasina

    Did Newt do anything even approaching the actions of Clinton or Edwards or the other Dems accused of something inappropriate ? The only thing he was found guilty of was accepting compensation for teaching a class while serving in Congress. I still don't follow why that matches the crimes of Clinton or Edwards.

    December 6, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  2. kebcarerra

    Now I really want to know what Pelosi knows. I mean this guy could be president ,so whats he hiding?

    December 6, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. John Tighe

    Newt is the most ethically challenged person in Washington, and considering the type of person that goes there, that's really something.

    December 6, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  4. Rusty

    Sure, Gingrich is completely unfit for office – and I'm not even talking about the moral hypocracy part – but seriously, what makes Pelosi think she's any better? This is the same woman who (along with other members of Congress) have made a pritty penny off of confidential Stock information. Don't throw stones if you live in a Ginormous Glass Skyscraper, because we're tired of being the ones who end up getting cut by all the glass, and we're tired of having to buy ya'll new windows every four years.

    December 6, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  5. Mike Buck

    Herman to Newt; "Blame Yourself!"

    December 6, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  6. Dover

    What is thee to worry about. Gingrich is unelectable, period.

    December 6, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  7. GaryB

    This one line tells you all you need to know about Gingrich... "That is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it,"
    Rather than saying that an open viewing of the records would prove his innocence, Gingrich hides behind House secrecy rules. The tea party people who think that Newt would promote smaller or more open government obviously have not done their research.

    December 6, 2011 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  8. mb2010a

    Newt is scared and he should be...the man is the most unethical Republican candidate to date and he knows it.

    December 6, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  9. petena

    If Americans vote for Republican, then we deserve to go down the drain fast. How could you foget in three years what the GOP has done? Obama is not perfect, but just look at these clowns. Give me a break.

    December 6, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  10. JR

    All of this should be made public. They're all crooks. If you think your elected official in Washington has your best interests at heart, think again.

    December 6, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  11. strangerq

    Democrats should leave Newt alone.

    He can do bad enough on his own.

    December 6, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  12. Dennis

    How can Pelosi talk about anyone else being dirty. Check her background.

    December 6, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  13. jzaks

    All of the folks in DC who represent us are crooks. This is not news. If it is you have had your head stuck in the sand.

    December 6, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  14. KatR

    Newt said....any information the Democratic Leader might release on the ethics probe would itself be a violation of House ethics rules.

    That is a chilling statement. If House ethics rules forbid the release of this information to the public then we the people are no longer in charge of our govt.

    December 6, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  15. Meki60

    Newt should be cautious, Pelosi can definitely cast a spell on him.

    December 6, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  16. MASTRODAMUS

    I really don't want Obama for another 4 years, but Newt can not be the one that takes his place. No way.

    December 6, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  17. kuditiw

    this was the transparency obama and democrats promised to the american people.

    December 6, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  18. TC

    I am sorry I thought perhaps the two of them had an affair when I read the headlines given Newts 3 marriages and affairs............

    December 6, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Warm up your pipes and sing Nancy. sing!!

    December 6, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. BL

    He's a man completely unprincipled morally, ethically and politically. He's also academically bright, but not "street smart." He was often out played and manipulated by Clinton and even his own party during his failed tenure as Speaker

    December 6, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. lgccac

    Here's the pot calling the kettle black.

    December 6, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. Ol' Lefty

    As a loyal Obama supporter, I sure hope the Newtster gets the nomination. A man of big ideas, all usually bad.

    December 6, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. Buster Bloodvessel

    "What's Pelosi got on Newt?" She's younger, saner, and better-looking.

    December 6, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. RETVET2002

    Bribery!

    December 6, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  25. joe

    I am thinking she as almost as corrupt as him. They all are. except for Ron Paul.

    December 6, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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