Former Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had many years in Congress in which they were able to work closely together. And that sort of thing can lead to some interesting skeletons in the closet.
Now, Pelosi has begun alluding to potential dirt that could come out on the new Republican front runner should he ever become the GOP nominee for president. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said to Talking Points Memo. “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.”
But is Pelosi able to disclose what she knows? Gingrich says no, and is relying on ethics rules to keep all of that information locked away from the public. As The Hill reports, “‘That is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House,’ Gingrich said in New York following a meeting with Donald Trump. ‘She’s now prepared to totally abuse the ethics process.’ Releasing the material would show the ‘tainted ethics process the House was engaged in,’ Gingrich said.”
However, Pelosi’s team fought back, claiming not everything was behind closed doors, and much of it is in the public record. It wouldn’t take much to bring those records back out for public scrutiny. Her spokesperson says she was referencing an “extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware.”
Gingrich was investigated while he was in the House for running a college course that was political, but claiming tax exempt status to avoid paying taxes on the profit. He was also accused of lying to the investigative committee. Gingrich was fined $300,000, and later resigned from his position.
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