May 20th, 2009
07:08 PM ET
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Gingrich says time for Pelosi to resign

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to resign her leadership post Tuesday, days after deriding the California Democrat as a "trivial politician" over her description of what the CIA has told her about aggressive government interrogation techniques.

In a column for the conservative publication Human Events, the former House Speaker takes aim at Pelosi's press conference last week, during which she said the CIA did not tell her in 2002 that it used the aggressive interrogation technique of waterboarding. She went on to allege the CIA routinely misleads Congress.

"She charged that the CIA, deliberately and as a matter of policy, violated the law by lying to Congress," Gingrich writes in the column. "And with that allegation, Speaker Pelosi disqualified herself from the office she holds."

"Speaker Pelosi has damaged America's safety," Gingrich also writes. "She's made America less secure by sending a signal to the men and women defending our country that they can't count on their leaders to defend them."

In an interview on ABC Wednesday, Gingrich elaborated on his comments, saying CIA agents aren't likely to trust Pelosi with sensitive information going forward given her allegation.

"If you were a CIA agent today and you were told to brief Nancy Pelosi, how could you have any sense of confidence in telling her anything?" Gingrich said.

A Democratic leadership aide Wednesday called Gingrich's comments a "political ploy."

"This is an ethically challenged former Speaker of the House who is out to sell books," the aide said.

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday also appeared to rally behind Pelosi, with her No. 2, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, saying he believes the speaker is being truthful in her statements about 7-year-old briefings.

"Republicans are going to stay on it as long as you guys keep printing it, as long as it continues to be a television item – not about the substance, but about the distraction," Hoyer told reporters Wednesday. "As long as you want to feed on it, the Republicans will continue to feed you."

Meanwhile, one of Pelosi's closest allies in the House, Connecticut Democrat John Larson, acknowledged to CNN that the Speaker's news conference last week could have been better, but insisted there hasn't been any fallout among Democrats.

"Perhaps it wasn't one of her best press conferences. But certainly everyone in this caucus stands behind her to be the lead in our caucus. I don't know if it could have been done better or not, but our caucus is entirely behind her," he said.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story

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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Dina

    No, it's time Gingrich returned back to the relative obscurity rock he has crawled out from under.

    May 20, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. steve

    please newt ,fade into history and give the county a break

    May 20, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Look Forward

    Newt Gingrich is a pathetic self-promoter who will say anything in order to stay in the public eye. If the Republican Party still exists in 2012 and runs this has been reactionary, it will make Reagan/Mondale in '84 look like a horse race.

    May 20, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Russ

    Newt, don't you have any other sick wives you can abandon and divorce for a younger, prettier babe?

    May 20, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    Newt is jealous because Nancy does a better job as Speaker than he ever did. I just wish that we didn't have the previous administration vetoing everything the 110th Congress tried to get passed.

    May 20, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. America Shrugged

    Go get em Steney..You are correct. Rather than report on the real story of torture ( which barely received the press coverage it should have) they go after Nancy Pelosi who according to them, sided with the President? LOL.. Keep it coming GOP.. It gets better every day. BTW, Nancy ain't going anywhere so you can just keep yelling that she needs to resign her position.. What nerve, she took impeachment off the table, and now you want her to resign. Newt, go away.

    May 20, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. steve

    please newt, fade into history and give the country a break

    May 20, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Rob

    With all due respect Mr. Gingrich, it was time for Pelosi to step down the day after she took the position in 2007.

    May 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Keith

    I don't understand why the media focuses on when Pelosi knew about torture and whether pictures of torture will or won't be released. Isn't the real story the torture?

    May 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Toni - Atlanta

    Who pays attention to Newt's grandstanding?

    May 20, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Ernie in LA

    Change we can believe in. Maybe Nancy needs an hearing aid.

    May 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Ric

    We need the news reporters to stay on this until the truth comes out, someone is not telling the truth and the person who is not needs to go no matter who it is.

    May 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. vernon peterson

    The sooner she is fired the better.....

    May 20, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Marty Hancock

    Tell it like it is, Newt.
    As for Hoyer's comments, its amazing how Democrats react when the press calls it straight for a change.
    Its not a question of being truthful. Its a question on national security. Her comments were, as usual, self-serving. Political grandstanding at its best (worst).

    May 20, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Susan

    to quote Jesse Ventura:
    "These guys are asking Pelosi's resignation based on her lie. Where were these guys asking resignation when Bush and Cheney lied to lead to a war."

    May 20, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. sean

    Does the general public really care? Move past this please and accomplish something real.

    May 20, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Enlightened Voter

    If Nancy Pelosi should resign then bush and cheyney should receive life terms in prison and every republican in office during the last 8 years should too. STOP DIVERTING ATTENTION rethugs from the fact that you all broke the law, we are not that stupid.

    May 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Judie Beckman

    I think the republicans need to give it up. They are so upset that we finally have a good President that they are nitpicking anthing they can find to criticize our White House. If George Bush or any of his cabinet had done the same thing we would be told we are unamerican if we criticize them.

    May 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Why does anybody still listen to this has-been blowhard?

    May 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. John in Ohio

    That's different from what he said on the Daily Show last night.

    Gingrich is a viper.

    May 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. ObamaShrugged

    I would like to suggest some bipartisan agreements between the moonbats and the fanatics:

    MoonBats – Give up Pelosi, Reed, Kennedy, & Frank

    Fanatics – Excommunicate Gingrich, Limbaugh, Cheney, & Dumsfeld

    Capitalists – Go to work, work hard, get rich, live happily everafter.

    Socialists – Stay in bed, ask for handouts, whine & complain, die miserable.

    May 20, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Gingrich is nothing but a loser politician who was kicked out of Washington. That is all he every was and will be.

    Pelosi was democratically elected. She did nothing wrong. The diversion from the truth is not working. Crawl back into your adulterous, corrupt hole.

    May 20, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. TBA

    Newt, needs to go away and resign, oh wait hes not longer GOP Speaker, hes just a Grumpy Old guy who try to get back in to the spot light.

    May 20, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. The People Rule

    Oh will Newt please shut up already. The Republicans are hopeless. Please CNN, put this to rest already. They are like sharks going in for the kill. What a bunch of losers. Nothing to offer so we'll just divide the country and cause chaos and distraction. Like a bi-polar child having temper tantrums. Some old dirt. Different day. Yawn....

    May 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Kate

    Who is Newt to be asking for this?

    May 20, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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