Evidently, Former (I loved writing that) Speaker of the House Nancy “San Fran Nan” Pelosi doesn’t.
Yesterday, she proudly announced that
“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi told Talking Points Memo. “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.”
Gingrich, who served as Speaker of the House, worked with Pelosi in Congress from 1987 to 1999. Pelosi also served on the ethics committee that investigated Gingrich for tax cheating and campaign finance violations in the late ’90s.
Gingrich reacted to Pelosi’s comments by thanking her for an “early Christmas gift.”
He also said Pelosi would be violating House rules and abusing the ethics process if she disclosed anything from the ethics investigation.
“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.
The ethics investigation of Gingrich took place when Republicans controlled the House. Gringrich resigned from the House in 1998.
Responding to Gingrich’s comments, a spokesman for Pelosi said the former Speaker 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.”
A spokesman for the House Ethics Committee declined to comment on “current rules in the context of allegations concerning past conduct, or hypothetical future conduct governed by past rules.”
Regarding that crystal cathedral in which Princess Pelosi resides:
In an effort to keep political pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Republicans offered a resolution today calling for an investigation in to Pelosi’s recent comments about when and how she was informed by the Central Intelligence Agency of the use of certain interrogation methods.
“It is imperative that we try and find the truth of that matter,” said Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, who introduced the resolution calling for the creation of an investigative subcommittee under the Intelligence Committee to “verify the accuracy of the speaker’s aforementioned public statements” and report to the House within 60 calendar days.
Democrats blocked a vote on the resolution on procedural grounds on a near party line 252-172 vote. Just two Republicans—Ron Paul of Texas and Walter B. Jones of North Carolina—voted with Democrats to table the resolution.
Republicans have kept up a steady stream of attacks on the speaker since she accused the CIA of misleading Congress over interrogation methods. Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio has called on Pelosi to offer proof of the allegation or apologize for the comment, while former Speaker Newt Gingrich has gone so far as to suggest she resign as speaker.
“We will continue to press for an appropriate bipartisan response to this serious situation,” Boehner said in a statement.
The Democrats controlled the House at the time, so nothing ever became of the charges.
However, last month, ol’ San Fran Nan’s glass house got rocked again, this time, from a very unexpected source – Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes fame – someone she thought was an ally:
Why, he asked, had she and her husband participated in “a very large” initial public offering “from Visa at a time when there was major legislation affecting credit-card companies making its way through the House?”
The legislation in question, a bill introduced by then-Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers in March 2008, would have let merchants negotiate lower swipe fees with credit card companies.
The bill made it out of committee on Oct. 3, 2008, but never to the floor for a vote. A version of the swipe-fee bill made it into an amendment by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to the Dodd-Frank bill in 2010.
As the bill was proceeding, Pelosi’s husband, Paul, a wealthy San Francisco investor of the type the Occupy Wall Street mobs have targeted, bought $1 million to $5million of Visa stock in three separate transactions in a part of the IPO that “60 Minutes” said was offered to a select group of investors.
Interestingly, the wealthy Pelosi has voiced support for the OWS mobs, calling them a genuine and spontaneous movement protesting the very financial wheeling and dealing that the great unwashed feel has victimized them. She gained the speaker’s gavel in 2006 while railing against an alleged GOP “culture of corruption.”
Pelosi is also a big fan of green energy. So is her brother-in-law, Ronald Pelosi, a senior executive with a company called Pacific Corporate Group.
Among PCG’s investments is SolarReserve, based in Santa Monica, Calif., which received a $737 million loan guarantee to build a 110-megawatt solar-thermal plant in Tonopah, Nev.
The loan was granted on the last day of the stimulus loan program, which also gave over half a billion to a failing but politically connected Solyndra.
While speaker, Pelosi was famous for her use of government aircraft to ferry back and forth from her San Francisco district.
According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, Air Pelosi, as critics called the fleet, cost the taxpayers $28,210.51 per flight.
Her fondness for Boeing aircraft does not extend to supporting Boeing’s plan to create badly needed jobs in the right-to-work state of South Carolina.
As we have noted, she says if the plant is nonunion, the National Labor Relations Board should shut the project down.
Pelosi doesn’t live in a glass house. She lives in a crystal cathedral.
Gingrich has already tried desperately (and I don’t blame him) to distance himself from the ad he made with then-House Speaker Pelosi in 2008 to urge action on climate change. Last month, Gingrich called the ad “probably the dumbest single thing I’ve done in recent years” last month.
Live and learn, Newt. These people are not, and have never been, your friends. And, by ex-Madame Speaker’s actions yesterday, she has shown the country exactly who the Dems’ next target is. And it’s not Mitt Romney.
Gosh…………I wonder why.