Pelosi Backtracks After Threat of House Ethics Investigation – Says Her Comments Were “Misconstrued”



After being threatened with a House ethics investigation former Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked on her promise to release classified information on Newt Gingrich to the state-run media.
ABC reported:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi now says she is not sitting on a trove of opposition research on former House Speaker-turned-GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

In an interview conducted Friday and published Monday, Pelosi hinted that once the time is right she has some juicy stories to tell about her former colleague.

“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told 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 this afternoon, Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, suggested that her comments have been misconstrued beyond the leader’s intent.

“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,” Hammill wrote in a statement.

That ethics report, which can be found here, examined allegations that Gingrich violated House rules by using his congressional staff to aide him on a college course he taught called ”Renewing American Civilization.”

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  • dtih

    Cue the song that was played as an intro for Bachmann on that talk show. This time it will be appropriate.

  • dba…vagabond trader

    Old biddy got busted. lol.

  • donh

    The sudden back track is proof Pelosi does not have Democrat support beyond her own coven. Clintons have struck a deal to sack Obama . A Newt presidency is terms of the deal and there is something in it for the Clintons. Hillary as VP , Head of World Bank, embassadorship to England…something. Elections are now just a charade of rigged negotiations between lawyers.

  • canusee

    She should be punished for using the position to threaten and intimidate someone and for blackmailing, so to speak. Why do we have to wait and see if she says something. She already has committed a serious wrongdoing. A threat is a threat. Blackmail is blackmail.

  • canusee

    @donh…Your thoughts probably are not too far-fetched.

  • DINORightMarie

    When something is leaked, you will now know where the original source is of that leak.

    Nancy – following the Dem game plan……..such a drone!!

  • I think more investigation on Nan is long overdue.

  • crackermike

    @donh: Gingrich is a historian and understands the position in which Obama, with a tiny bit of help from W has placed us. He see’s the historic opportunity with which the next President is presented. Gingrich is for Gingrich and only Gingrich, but my suspicions are this: he may get on the right track again solely to cement his personal reputation as a great President ala Reagan. If it comes down to the Country’s best interests vs. Gingrich, Gingrich will choose Gingrich. However, we may well be in a position in which those best interests coincide.

  • Rev Sharpton

    Pfft!! I’ll bet money right now, that if Newr gets the nomination, every single word of the report will be leaked under the guise of the public’s right to know.

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  • Jenny

    The only person left in the race, who was schlepping it around with the tea party and supported “the people” is Michele Bachmann. Newt wasn’t until it was convenient, romney certainly wasn’t, and unfortunately Perry hasn’t either. Who is the left’s worse nightmare? We know lefty Alec Baldwin would support Romney if he had to, but what did he recently put on his twitter account as his “bio?” Conservative, Christian, gun-owning, Mom. That is who he despises and I think that is the direction I’m headed now.

  • radioone

    The Republican candidate is going to have to be “one tough cookie” and be able to fire back immediately, like Obama’s campaign did in ’08, and will do in ’12. The “full faith and credit” of the US will be used against our nominee. Plus, they will have to battle the Political Machine, and every newspaper, radio and TV network in the World. I worry about Romney. He got upset at questions by Brett Baier on Fox. What will he do with reporters from the New York Times, PMSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc….

  • KLD

    Newt says bring it on, and Nancy backs off. Perhaps Newt knows a great deal about Pelosi.
    That woman just isn’t that smart is she? And in her arrogance she just doesn’t get that people of today are far more savvy and sophisticated—-we see right through her childish school ground games.

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  • RedBeard

    Lying, vicious, and stupid is no way to go through life, Nancy.

    It’s difficult to think of another House member who is both as vile and as persistently annoying as Nancy Pelosi. There are actually worse members, but it’s Pelosi who gets all the camera time, inflicting her Wicked Witch of the West persona on all of us. Well, that last bit isn’t really fair; Margaret Hamilton’s witch was ethical and lovely, compared to Pelosi.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Inside “traitor” and special deal Visa IPO Pelosi said what?

  • camilla

    This is something everyone should know


  • 4sailing

    Wait . . . he used congressional aides to help him with a college course he taught?!?!?! OH THE DAMN HORROR. Meanwhile Speaker plastic surgery failure – has been passing through laws that hurt her husband’s business compettion and that propels that business forward financially or maybe she was speaking as she was doing some more insider trading? Well we all know she hasn’t actually read that ethics report herself – it wasn’t passed into law.

  • Noovuss

    crackermike commented:

    @donh: If it comes down to the Country’s best interests vs. Gingrich, Gingrich will choose Gingrich. However, we may well be in a position in which those best interests coincide.

    So Newts backing of Cap & Trade is in his/our interest?
    Doesn’t seem to be the makings of a great POTUS!

  • “I know a lot about him” but now we have “extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware,”
    Nancy, there is a thing called Google, people know how to use it, but her original comment leads people to believe she has a smoking gun. Please Pelosi, go back to being insignificant.

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  • Misconstrued lol

    While I know a lot of people from the Bay Area talk funny,
    I’m pretty sure that’s what she said

  • daryl

    Ever since the stunt she pulled by gallivanting through the crowd of protesters with her super dooper oversised Handy-Andy made gavel, and her a$$kissing entourage in tow, only one word fits and/or describes her and that’s RETARDED.
    She’s definitely one mentally challenged old gal who was never qualified as a congressman, let alone fill the Speakers office.

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  • Conservative to the Core

    Pelosi did her part. It’s “out there.”

  • LIndensant

    Gingrich’s reaction to her threats shows a perfect example of how to del with the Dems. Instead of cowering in fear and accept and accept their premise, he turned the tables on her.


    when ugly skank demoturds don’t get their way they have to resort to lies…ESAD piglosi

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  • edward

    This was written in 1999

    Newt Gingrich and the Ridiculous “Ethics Violations” Penalty

  • Ace

    Gingrich can handle this crap.
    Cain can’t.

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  • Neo

    2012 is going to be a rough year … This makes the Goldwater “Daisy” ad look tame.

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  • Patty

    Four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”

    Must have been stuffy in that room.

    Seems more work on taking down Gingrich than the world of misconduct in this administration. And who of all people PELOSI is telling anyone about Ethics.

    Ethics: Rangel for one.

    Dodd and Frank for another

    And the Madam herself for allowing something to past without reading it first. Insider Trading both parties while Americans are hurting.

    She an Boxer fighting for fish while the farmers have no water for their crops.

    She needs to me investigated and when she speaks more crap falls out.

  • Finncrisp

    Nancy can’t even deliver a threat without screwing it up. Disclosing she is willing to unseal documents from a Congressional investigation to “get Newt” is a rather curious way to deliver a message.

    She is saying there are no lengths , legal or not, she is willing to go to. Can every Moslem Dem who agrees with this woman, just get up on the podium and show your face?

    Main stream media – un journalistic in thier approach. There’s a story here?

  • chuck in st paul

    The classified report winds up in the hands of Wiki-leaks in 5… 4… 3…

    Pelosi does a, “Moi?” that no one actually believes… except the LSM of course.

  • Patty

    Yet, a judge seals the Fast and Furious document from the public and the media.

    Funny, just shows exactly why and how this nation is suffering, so.

  • Ma

    Romney can’t handle it either. Our MSM selected candidate. It’s been very ugly so far and going to get uglier.

  • Patty

    She has always struck me as a Woman who is glass. Any day now, she will break. This is why her ideas and views are so screwed up. Emotionally, she couldn’t stand losing to Boehner. She is a one of the major problems in Washington. She too in a divider and perpetuates so much division in Washington. And she needs the air time seems she thrives on it.

    Every chance she gets to stick it to the Republican party is helps her blood flow and for an aged woman as yourself she needs to say these things in order to keep her name in the public. No matter how outlandish her words are.

  • Patty

    woman as yourself
    correction: Herself

  • kansas

    She forgot the Democrats are in the minority in the House. Apparently she was reminded. Of course if she gets back in the speakers seat, the nastiness will return.

  • Mad Hatter

    I don’t agree with Newt on a lot of things, but at least he’s got the backbone to call out the Marxists like Pelosi, and stands up to the Alinsky Media.

  • squeaky

    ‘Romney can’t handle it either..” the talk was on how he handled his interview with brett baier. if you can’t handle that how will you handle a shark infested msm? nose to nose with obama and you can’t be distracted.

  • squeaky

    “Pelosi did her part. It’s “out there.”” right. that’s all she had to do….now it will take on a life of its own. one of the dems favorite tactics i’m sure………every now and then i still hear someone refer to the unsubstaniated report of spitting at members of the cbc as if it was proven to be an accurate and verified report. no answer except guilty as charged is accepted and if you deviate from their preordained version of the facts……..

  • Skip

    People…the race is now between Gingrich and Romney. If you want Obama to win a second term, back Romney or don’t go to the polls in 2012. It’s that simple. Romney cannot beat back the MSM or the Obama war machine.

    It’s going to get way to brutal for Romney to handle if he wins the GOP nomnation.

  • jony101

    so whats wrong with using his staff paid by the taxpayer to do something good for a change? whats wrong with a course about ”Renewing American Civilization.”?
    The overpaid staffs do nothing all day, at least they did something to further the american cause, but that is wrong for the liberals.

  • CalBear

    “I served on the INVESTIGATIVE committee that INVESTIGATED him”.
    So what’s the “conversation” going to include Nancy? Leave it to TPM to let something like this slip.

  • Jim

    This is why I like Newt. He will tear them up. Nan’s a nut and she was busted.

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