Monday, December 5, 2011

Gingrich rips Pelosi over threat

At a press conference in New York today, Newt Gingrich responded to Nancy Pelosi's warning that she might disclose damaging information from a House investigative committee on him.

"I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for what I regard as an early Christmas gift.

She's suggesting she's going to use material she developed when she was on the Ethics Committee. That is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House, and I would hope that members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it.

I think it tells you how capriciously political that committee was -- that she was on it. I think it tells you how tainted the outcome was -- that she was on it. And I think what she said to you today should explain a great deal about what happened with the ethics process when Nancy Pelosi was at the heart of it, and is now prepared to totally abuse the House process.

So I regard it as a useful education for the American people to see what a tainted political ethics operation Nancy Pelosi was engaged in, and I would hope the House would immediately condemn her if she uses any material that was gathered when she was on the Ethics Committee."

Newt was responding to an interview Pelosi conducted with Talking Points Memo, where the former Speaker said about the former Speaker:

"When the time is right. … 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."

This is an extraordinarily useful political battle for Newt. Pelosi is one of the most reliable foils on the Left.

"We don't always see eye-to-eye. Do we, Newt?"