Gingrich: 'House Should Immediately Condemn' Pelosi If She Uses Ethics Panel Materials Against Me

December 5, 2011 - 3:18 PM
Newt Gingrich

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Charleston, S.C. on Nov. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

(CNSNews.com) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday that the U.S. House of Representatives should "immediately condemn" House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) if she uses materials gathered by the House ethics committee to attack Gingrich in his presidential campaign.

Such an act, Gingrich said, would be "a fundamental violation of the rules of the House."

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently told ‘Talking Points Memo’, “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich. 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."

When asked about Pelosi’s comments this afternoon at a conference in New York, Gingrich thanked Pelosi, “First of all, I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for what I regard as an early Christmas gift.”

“What’s that?” asked a reporter.

“Well, she’s suggesting she’s going to use material that she developed while 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,” Gingrich said.

“I think it tells you how capriciously political that committee was that she was on it. 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 in the ethics process when Nancy Pelosi was at the heart of it. And is now prepared to totally abuse the House process. “

Gingrich continued,“So, I regard it as a useful education of 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 while she was on the ethics committee because that would be a total violation of the committee,” Gingrich said.

Pelosi served on the ethics committee that investigated Gingrich for alleged campaign finance violations in the 1990s.