May 20th, 2009
07:08 PM ET
12 years ago

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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  1. Laverne

    Mr. Newt doesn't remember his having to resign. He needs to quit pointing his finger at others.

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. jim ohare

    pelosi is lying.she should get out of dodge asap.

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Jayden,FL

    Resign? Newt crawl back under the rock you came out from!... Where the heck were you during the Bush Administration when they LIED to the American people and went to war? why didn't call on Bush and Cheney to resign?

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Idiot_Pelosi

    Ah, Poor DUMocrats. They whine and complain about BUSH and CHENEY, but cry like little babies when one of their own is being criticized.

    Well, get over it. I didn't agree with every Bush decision, but I did on enemy combatants, and I'd take him again over this idiot any day of the week, and twice on Sunday,

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. John

    wow, It is like catching a big fish unexpectdly.

    What else would you expect from Newt, the adulterer?

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Ron - Saint Louis

    I can only hope that lighting doesn't strike me for saying this but I have to agree with Newt about Nancy resigning as speaker. Truth is, she has been a poor speaker that has alienated her party, often speaks without conferring with Committee Chairs first, and continues to have a us against them mentality. Someone more modern and aligned with President Obama's strategies would benefit the entire nation.

    Thanks for your service Nancy, now please leave.

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. DonnieJ

    Hey "Obama Shrugged May 20th, 2009 10:41 am ET," you got it partially right

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

    Fanatics – Excommunicate Gingrich, Limbaugh, Cheney, & Dumsfeld – OK!


    Socialists – Stay in bed, ask for handouts, whine & complain, die miserable – CLOSE ENOUGH!

    May 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. C Spurgeon

    Gingrich has no moral right to even be speaking about other peoples issues. He has plenty of his own and who cares about what he thinks. Nancy on the other hand in y opinion should never have been voted in and we should have a stronger more focused leader. This lady is all about herself and we don't need more ofm that. Back on the table should be term limits and then maybne a lot of these asses would fall by the wayside.

    May 20, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    He is the last person who can complain about ethics, after all his infidelities!!!!

    May 20, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. cbc

    Go Newt! Run for president in '12! Maybe with Palin or Limbaugh or Oliver North as running mate! Make this country great again (by helping the GOP get even fewer votes than it did this time!)

    May 20, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Rose

    There are so many comments about Bush/Cheney lying to everyone about the Iraq war, why isn't the name Colin Powell brought in to that mix, he is the one that offered all of the information about WMD's . He must have felt sure about what he was saying. Don't forget about all the Dem's that voted for the war, Bush could not have gone to war in Iraq without Congressional approval. Apparently they did not do their homework either.

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Russell in Tenafly

    I think that the torturing lying Republican criminals are the ones who should have resigned when they were in power, and who should now stand trial.

    Nancy Pelosi isn't the criminal here. The Republicans are very confused.

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Sha

    I find Nancy Pelosi to be an embarrassment to women and the democrat party...and I'm a liberal!

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    what else does the newt have to do????? he's washed up and looks like mr. piggy so he might as well stir up as much stuff as he can......

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Cheryl

    Pelosi is an embarassment to the Dem Party. Get her out!

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. ken

    Just like Bush did....

    Enough with this scambug Newt!

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. kurt

    The CIA lied !!!! Meaning the group that put together Colin Powell's fictional presentation to the UN about our reasons for going to war in Iraq, might also have lied to Congress... Wake up America – We were all lied to for seven years.

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. pato

    Newt –now that he wants to be a candidate should have called on Nixon and Cheney to resign

    May 20, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Happy in Arizona

    Since Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, she has done nothing but support herself. She makes comments like it is Unamerican to not give amnesty to illegals. She criticizes certain agencies for the expenditures, then gets herself a big plane for herself and family to fly around in. I would never trust her to be President of the US, and she should resign because she is a liar and incompetent.

    May 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Paul from Phoenix

    Newt and Pelosi deserve eachother.

    May 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. touchdown tony

    I would love nothing more then to see Pelosi gone . She personifies the word politician . But the longer her , Harry and Barney are there the more likely the GOP comes back . We really do need a third party , and to quit voting for Incumbents . While everyone says they are deflecting the Issue the bottom line Is she Is complicit

    May 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Terise. TN

    I don't understand who is Newt Gingrich . What title or important postion does he hold. Is he not a private citizen like the rest of us.

    All he is just a Nobody Wanting to be a Somebody.

    Well we would like for some folks to resign too but I don't think CNN would put it in the news.

    May 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Tom in Sarasota

    Funny to hear the Republicans pretending to care about the CIA, after their leader, Dick Chaney, ratted out that CIA agent whose husband refused to spread his lies about the WMD. That was a felony, and he got some flunky to take the fall for him. It's no surprise that Republicans don't believe in the rule of law, since they're constantly breaking them.

    May 20, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    This from a disgraced politician, man, father and husband...

    ...the right wing are trully wacos.

    May 20, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. BalackObama

    Hey kids!!!

    It's comical to see these republican conservatives squirm... they have no platform, except saying no to evrery proposed solution offered to clean up the mess they created. Here's an idea... mass suicide... that'll show that mean ol' Pelosi... Balack out !

    May 20, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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