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

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. Davidk

    Funny Newt, threatening Pelosi for ethics violations if she reveals the truth about him. Gringrich is probably one of the most morally corrupt individuals to have ever served US govt, besides Dick Cheney.

    December 6, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Dave

    Wake up GOP!!! Gingrich cannot win against President Obama. He has too much marrital baggage for the social conservatives. He has been a career politician and cannot turn the economy around. I can't believe people are not lining up behind Romney. He is intelligent and uses common sense. He has many management and leadership skills.

    December 6, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. DeTamble

    Liberal – Forward thinking.
    Conservative – Backwards thinking.
    Its in the dictionary.

    Now, why do we want to go backwards ?

    December 6, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Nick-o

    I'd rather someone violate House ethics in releasing this information so we won't end up with a terrible joke for president in 2012. Do it for your country, Nancy!

    December 6, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. opinionated

    See. . . this is why Romney needs to be the presidential candidate for the Republicans.

    December 6, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. SiriusVH

    "At his press conference on Monday, former Speaker Gingrich also noted that 83 charges the House committee investigated were found to be false."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Really? 83 charges to be found false out of 84 original charges. That does not make much sense ....

    December 6, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. AlanMichael

    Newt is very smart, which is why he is surging in the polls. However; God help us if this man ever becomes President. Gingrich cannot handle power and he will over step and abuse it. He was a horrible Speaker of the House and he would be a worst POTUS.

    December 6, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. HiroAkita

    Salamander Gargamel won't be the nominee so I wouldn't worry too much.

    December 6, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. SiriusVH

    "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."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You mean to tell us that Gingrich LIED????? How could that be??? GOPsters are such paragons of ethical and virtuous behavior! It must be the liberal media!

    December 6, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Newt's past moral and ethical issues are entertaining, but not nearly as relevant as his present ideas of national policy. Those, by themselves, are terrifying to the middle class. He proposes to take the concept of tax cuts for the wealthy and spending cuts for the rest to extreme levels. For all is alleged wisdom, he cannot grasp that the engine of our economy is the middle class. Everything the GOP has pushed in the last 30 years has been detrimental to the middle class, and now that we're in a recession they want to go even farther.

    But for entertainment purposes, do you really want a First Lady who was having an affair with a married man while he was attacking the president for having an affair? Boy, would that make for some great interviews!

    December 6, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    More importantly, what's Newt got on Pelosi?

    December 6, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. HiroAkita

    Once Ron Paul wins in Iowa we'll see through the media lies.

    December 6, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Spill the beans Madam Speaker!!!

    December 6, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Rick McDaniel, Pelosi is not running for POTUS, and Newt is the one who had to pay for the cost of his own investigation after he was fired by his own party.

    December 6, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Why all the hate; liberals? Cant you forgive human mistakes? Unselfish; patriotic newt gingrich, for love of country made clinton a successful president. Ask clinton. Where as policey as speaker was responsible for; what some called; the failures of her own inexperience president, obama. Newt a republican worked with clinton a democrat president. That shows the caliber of this man who will be our next president.

    December 6, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Martha in CF

    Gingrich meeting with Trump is enough for me....They are both egomaniacs!!!!!!! Helping 10 poor children to work how absurd!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are so out of touch with America.........
    I hope no one watches December 27th debate......... Bring it on Nancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    SiriusVH

    "At his press conference on Monday, former Speaker Gingrich also noted that 83 charges the House committee investigated were found to be false."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Really? 83 charges to be found false out of 84 original charges. That does not make much sense ....

    ----------------
    Does it make any sense if I point out that the committee was chaired by a Republican and that most of the members were Republicans?

    December 6, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Mike from Boise

    Nancy and Newt; Now there is a ticket that the whole country can agree to despise.

    December 6, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. HolyChrist

    Watch "Inside Job" and join OWS.

    December 6, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Alice

    While I really don't like or respect either Pelosi or Gingrich, two of the worst "representatives" ever, their comments in this article say two things to me, namely that ( 1 ) Pelosi has no ethics whatsoever and ( 2 ) Gingrich has a lot to hide and is inherently dishonest.

    December 6, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    It doesn't matter. Gingrich will not be the GOP nominee.

    December 6, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Chumlee

    Go for it Ms. Pelosi – let the Newt Gingrich truth be known!

    December 6, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Marjee123

    Go to the Washington Post and check the archives and it has everything you want to know about the ethetic investigation about Newt. Nancy Pelosi did not threaten to give any other information. And if someone did want more of the investigation all they had to do was file a Freedom of Information Act. Newt scared crapless that people will finally read all the crooked and dishonest stuff he did to get thrown out of the House. And more.

    December 6, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. vatoloke

    I thought he had his own cojones until his pilgrimage to The Chump's place. Guess he had to get his Tiffanies Christmas shopping out of the way.

    December 6, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Kim

    BRING IT, NANCY!!!!

    December 6, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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