Newt v. Nancy

Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday said that she would likely release potentially damaging information about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the GOP presidential primary rolls on. Later in the day in true Newt fashion, he thanked her for an early Christmas gift. The Hill’s Justin Sink has more:

Newt Gingrich said that a threat from ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to disclose information she learned while serving on an ethics committee investigating him during his time as Speaker of the House would “totally abuse the ethics process” and violate rules of the House of Representatives.

“I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for what I regard as an early Christmas gift,” Gingrich said at a press conference in Manhattan Monday.

Gingrich denounced the threat from Pelosi, who is now the minority leader in the House, as “a fundamental violation of the rules of the House,” and said that if Pelosi were to disclose details of the investigation, it would expose the “tainted ethics process the House was engaged in.” He also called for the House to condemn Pelosi if she were to reveal anything from the ethics probe.

Pelosi told Talking Points Memo that she would reveal damaging material about Gingrich “when the time is right.”

“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said. “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.”

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