(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Monday he asked his former company, the Center for Health Transformation, to release its consulting contract with mortgage giant Freddie Mac.
But the former House speaker offered no firm answer on whether the documents would go public before Florida's primary on January 31.
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"I'm very comfortable with it being released," Gingrich said on ABC's "Good Morning America," though adding the company had a "number of confidentiality agreements" to sort through.
His comments came one day after rival Mitt Romney catapulted a strong line of attack against Gingrich in Florida, blasting the former speaker as a corrupt Washington insider who bungled his time in Congress and resigned "in disgrace."
Romney also re-launched criticism of Gingrich's time as a consultant with Freddie Mac, calling on the candidate to release records of his contract with the agency in which he made at least $1.6 million during two different time periods (1999 to 2002 and 2006 to 2008).
Despite his opponents' claims, Gingrich maintains he did no lobbying of any kind and reiterates most of the income paid for overhead and staff at his firm.
"Romney keeps using the word lobbyist, I'm sure, because his consultants tell him it scores well," Gingrich said Monday. "It's not true. He knows it's not true. He's deliberately saying things he knows are false."
Saying it would be "very helpful" to have the Freddie Mac records released, Gingrich confirmed his attorneys were talking with the company but said ultimately it was up to the firm, not his campaign, to make the decision.
He then pivoted to Romney, saying if anyone needs to be more open, it was his presidential opponent.
"Here's somebody who has released none of his business records, who has decided to make a stand on transparency without being transparent," Gingrich said.
The South Carolina primary winner repeatedly called on Romney to release his tax returns last week, yet failed to prompt a strong commitment from the former governor to do so before the primary ended.
Romney announced this weekend, however, he will release his tax returns on Tuesday, one week before Florida's primary.