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

    Newt's closet has closets. Simple tactic by the Dems. Keep a lid on Newt's dirt until he is nominated so that it has max impact when they release it. In the meantime, bash Romney to ensure Newt gets nominated.

    December 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Witch of the West

    I'll get you my pretty !

    December 6, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    You got to be kidding NANCY. The Queen of insider trading is at it again. Nancy you need to go back to San Fran and raise your grandchildren and great grandchildren instead of hangging on and trying to be somebody. Truth is you failed to clean up the pond, and the stench you left behind with your b/s about pass the bill then we'll know what's inside. Your such a hippocrite that not even the botox can hide your LIES. Go crawl under a rock and stay there.

    December 6, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Beverly - NYC

    Whatever she has on him, it seems to be enough to make Newt nervous. The truth will come out , all it takes is one loose lipped person from the committee to tell a pal and swear them to secrecy. Within a dat the big secret is viral.

    December 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs are a delusional deathcult

    "They have made it clear they will engage in whatever level of deceit, manipulation, demagoguery, obstruction, slander"

    That would be your GOBP deathcult you just described. And it is not slander or defamation to point out a person's own words and actions. You extreme radical rightwingers make this mistake repeatedly.

    December 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |

    Maybe she is going to spill the beans about the offshore pineapple farms.Newt probably owns stock in it.

    December 6, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |

    Hey Hey,ole Leon and J edgar are on the throne again,Excuse me for intruding.

    December 6, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Parasites are a delusional deathcult

    You "just have to read the bill" clowns have no clue. We realize that taking quotes out of context are the specialty of the extreme rightwing radicals. However, those of us in the reality-based community realize that Pelosi was addressing the GOBP deathcult members who were frequently making up things that weren't actually in the ACA. She was advising you nuts to read the bill rather than make things up

    December 6, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. JWeed

    I'm sure he's got plenty to say about you too, you old witch.

    December 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. NoGoodChoices

    I suspect Pelosi is holding on to this information in the hopes that Newt wins the nomination. Then she'll publish the information in the hopes of bolstering Obama's chances. Four years of ethics violation investigation? Having nine representatives focused on an ethics investigation for four years to me is in itself an ethics violation. Give us term limits, please!

    December 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Kris

    Surprise, Gingrich is a CROOK! Don't you have to be a big bag of Felonies, lies, biggots to even be in the GOP?

    December 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Newt's sins against the American people far outweigh Nancy's sins against the American people.

    Besides, she isn't trying to run our country. Grow up people.

    December 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old PIgs are a delusional deathcult

    "I see no upstanding, moral candidates except Romney."

    Huh? Mitt the Flipwit Hypcrite favors corporations of people and seems quite proud of his job destruction record with Bain Capital. He lies about the President and he spins the truth and his political positions like a figure skater on crack, MIttens is also a full-fledged ne(cro)con hellbent on attacking Iran, which will destroy the world economy, send gas prices through the roof and maybe start WW III. To top it off, he's shown incredibly poor judgment by surrounding himself with former GWB (Worst President Ever) advisers. Karl Rove is desperate to ram Romney down the right's throat so he (Rove) can return to power.

    If this is your idea of an "upstanding, moral candidate" then I'd hate to meet the fine "upstanding" people in your town.

    December 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Bring it on Nancy! You are a person of character, integrity, and honor. You were the best Speaker of House we have had in decades. You passed record numbers of laws for the PEOPLE and worked hard for We the People. We all know Gingrich was an unethical corrupt Speaker and please tell us the TRUTH about this non-qualified, untrustable, dishonest, adiulterer. The American People need to know what an arrogant, narcissistic, corrupt man Republicans are trying to sell us. Gingrich is a joke and is so stuck in the past he has no clue what the issues of the nation actually are. He also is NO MAN of the PEOPLE. He shows disdain for poor child considering them worthless. He hates Hispanics. He needs to go back into retirement. Tell us Nancy. Republicans never tell the truth. You tell us the truth about Newt so all can know how horribly unqualified he is.

    December 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Fred

    Why do people continually overlook Ron Paul a honest man who never flip flops? He knows the inside story and no one will listen. Newt and Romney are both professional politicians out for personal gain. I believe Ron Paul wants to save the country.

    December 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    Newt couldn't resist getting in one more little white lie, could he? 83 of the charges were NOT proven to be false. They just never got past the Republican Congress at the time. They were never proven to be false or true. Although, you really have to wonder. They bring up 84 charges against the guy? You don't manufacture all that out of thin air.
    I also think it's kind of telling that he has to defend himself by saying that the information she has is secret. Not very forthcoming.

    December 6, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. GreenieInPA

    Pelosi doesn't have to say anything more than what she just said. She was simply reminding the American people of the slimeball that Gingrich was and still is. Nicely played, Nancy.

    December 6, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. GreenieInPA

    Pelosi doesn't have to say anything more than what she just said. She was simply reminding the American people of the hot mess Gingrich was and still is. Nicely played, Nancy.

    December 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Ed Burke

    Quayle endorses Romney! Sorry Mitt.

    December 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. GreenieInPA

    Pelosi doesn't have to say anything more than what she just said. She was simply reminding the American people of the mess Gingrich was and still is. Nicely played, Nancy.

    December 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Jair

    I find it amusing he is more gleeful with her potential demise by releasing sensitive information, then defending himself of what is in the information itself.

    December 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Frank Mondana

    OK, so the right is going to be incredibly indignant. Their outrage will spew forth as will the cries of "SEE! That's how the LEFTunists do it!".

    Then, in a month or 2, the right will dig up some dirt on a Democrat and make sure the media gets an earful. The Left will then be incredibly indignant. Their outrage will spew forth as will the cries of "SEE! That's how the RIGHT-Tyrants do it!".

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    December 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. rosaadriana

    I wish she would tell but she won't/
    She wouldn't prosecute Cheney and Bush2 for war crimes she will this weasel off too.

    December 6, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Its amazing reading all the comments attacking Nancy Pelosi, when the real reason this story has legs is the fact that 3 former GOP House members, Guy Molinari, Joe Scarborough, and Tom Coburn, decided to state their very deep misgivings about Newt and his ability to lead. Molinari' son-in-law, Bill Paxon, even tried to have Newt removed from the Speaker's position prior to the '98 midterms, when the GOP lost seats in the wake of the failed attempt to remove Clinton from office, so count another one probably willing to speak out against Newt. Actually, make it five, since Susan Molinari held onto her dad's seat after Newt threw him out of a leadership position. I'm sure Dick Armey is not unhappy to see Newt being hazed by his former supporters, since they had a huge falling out that resulted in Armey leaving the House. Pelosi's comment could have been dismissed as purely partisan, but NOT in light of the form and current GOP members who don't want Newt at the White House except as a tourist.

    December 6, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Buster Bloodvessel

    Saying "Pelosi also does things wrong" isn't a defense against "Newt did something wrong." If you steal my car, and then I burn your house down, you have still stolen my car. You have to give it back while you are suing me for burning your house. Two wrongs don't make a what, children?

    December 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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