Pelosi ready to tell all on Gingrich
December 5th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
8 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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I can't imagine a better reason to vote for Newt than the fact that Pelosi doesn't like him! She's a poster child for the left!"

    Perhaps if your own party didn't throw liars (Mitt Romney), blowhards (Newt Gingrich), egomaniacs (Herman Cain), egocentrics (Michele Bachmann), and other unelectable misfits at us, we in the center & left of center would be willing to have more of an in depth conversation with all of you - I don't know, shall we begin with policy issues, and work our way from there? As it is your comment only reinforces the common knowledge that it apparently doesn't matter too much to you or like minded what clown is elected ... yes, I said clown ... as long as an [R] is attached to the name. How well this fares in the general election will probably cause great angst to many, many Republican operatives when all is said and done come November 2012.

    December 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. BobRoss

    If Pelosi really had something big on Newt she would keep quiet until he gets the nomination, and then release it. Unless, of course, she has no understanding of political strategy, which wouldn't surprise me

    December 6, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    you go Nancy! Release the Kracken!

    December 6, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Think about this one:

    What would you republicans do to Barack Obama if he did the things Newt did?

    December 6, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    I think President Obama is pretty smart. If the poor have to pay for their tax cuts, then in the future the wealthy will have to pay for their tax cuts. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    December 6, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. shoegazer

    I don't think anything Pelosi reveals should be any more damaging than reading Newt's plan for the economy.That should scare the hell out of any rational thinking person.

    December 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. chumbkt


    Funny, Obama fits your discriptions of the Republican field perfectly.

    December 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Berceuse (who stated) "I don't like Gingrich, but I find the Democrat Party's tactics in this election repulsive. They have made it clear they will engage in whatever level of deceit, manipulation, demagoguery, obstruction, slander and – given their support for the intolerant, didactic "occupy" movement – even violence necessary to retain power....tactics straight out of the fascist handbook."

    Ah. Look it that. We have us a Karl Rove talking point parrot. If anyone knows deceit, manipulation, demagoguery, obstruction, and slander tactics straight out of the fascist handbook, believe me, it's Karl Rove. Just ask Herman Cain and John McCain how well Karl Rove working against them helped turn their campaigns around.

    As of yet, the only thing Nancy Pelosi has done is remind folks that Newt isn't squeaky clean. That he isn't clean isn't because of Nancy Pelosi, but rather his own character flaws ... both personally and professionally.

    December 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Jaun in El Paso

    Just suggesting that she is willing to break House Ethics Rules to smear a candidate should be enough to show the american poeple that liberals don't think the rules apply to them. Complete abuse of power, but it would seem as though most of the commentors here overlook Pelosies' willingness to make gross violations of House Ethics Rules as long as a Republican is the target.

    December 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. norf4

    @Stop the Charade

    REALLY???? Is that all it takes to have you throw such charges at Gingrich? To that I have only two words to say:


    December 6, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. John K

    Does anyone realize that if we looked into every politician, including Pelosi, there would be ethics probes for the next 50 years. Every politician is a dirt bag, I am just looking for the lesser of the evils.

    December 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota



    Funny, Obama fits your discriptions of the Republican field perfectly.

    In your dreams, Chummy. Only in your dreams.

    December 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Lizzie

    Here we go again, Queen Pelosi who can't clean up her own party, starting with M.Waters, goes after Newt which back in the days, the democrats threw at him everything they could possible could think off, hopping that something will stick, because he tried to take away their unlimited CC, and the only solution they have to tax and invent more taxes to pay for their problem.

    December 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Rich

    Go get him Nancy. Pin him good.

    December 6, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 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 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. betterdays

    Some folks get really cranky when they are kept from increasing the amount of wealth they take from people and redistribute to others. They lash out.

    December 6, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. ART

    Did someone just fart? oh no its just Newt talking again. Rethuglicans have been afraid to put all their eggs in one basket so far,untill now, and it looks like they are putting their eggs in the basket with the biggest hole in the bottom. Newt is an offensive has-been, a liar and a cheat with no redeemable qualities..

    December 6, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Ann Brooks

    Go for it Nancy! This guy is NOT fit for the office of the President! I remember when my son turned 21 and was in college and went to financial aid to get much needed grant funds. He was told he would have to submit his parents income until the age of 25, even though he clearly lived in another state on his own and worked full time while going to school. When complaints started going to Washington about this new policy, Newty boy had a press conference and said, these young folk could go to college on their parent's CDs. Heck, what CD did we have, both worked non-profit underpaid jobs, what an awful and insensitive statement, only CDs we had were the ones you put in the CD player. Sick him Nancy...

    December 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "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?"

    It's even better. CNN just had an article the other day about one of Newtered's fellow GOPers who served int eh House with him...guy works for Mittens but I can't remember the name. Anyway, he thinks Newtered is pure evil and disagreed with all kinds of behavior in which Newtered engaged while speaker. And of course, Newtered had the guy removed from the ethics committee....

    December 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Dave, Central Illinois

    In reallity, she sent her flying monkeys to spy on Newt. Not finding any juicy info on Newt, and distressed about the untimely crushing death of her sister in the east by a flying house, Nancy went beserk.

    December 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. tigertom

    Nancy should release her husbands fandangos in American Samoa with the multi million $ kickback from Dole Pineapple.

    December 6, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. sandalista

    Well Mr. Gingrich, why threaten Pelosi if you have nothing to hide? If you are such a stand up citizen, why not let the truth come out???

    December 6, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Dave Harris

    If she can prove that Gingrich, at any time, has ever done anything good, anything that helps the country, it will be enough to trash his chances with the idiot Republican base. Since the Republican party has been taken over by the lunatic fringe, anything good is bad and anything bad good. And they call themselves "conservatives".

    December 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. David M

    "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."

    Nancy is jealous that she's no longer in the lime light. She is nothing but a conniving politician whose least concern is serving the people. Nancy serves Nancy. Period. I believe nothing she says and have no respect for her or the office she holds.

    December 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Across the board, I see no upstanding, moral candidates except Romney. These noodleheads are anything but Christian. Anyone on the right would be nuts for voting for any of them – the Republican party holds little in the way of values unless greed is considered a Christian value. Protect the wealthy and abandon the poor.

    December 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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