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If Anyone Knows About Lying to the House, it’s Gingrich

I was on ABC’s Top Line with Rick Klein and Jonathan Karl today. Wherein I find myself in agreement with Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove in wanting an inquiry into torture.

Speaking of Newt, Rick interviewed him earlier today on the subject of what Pelosi knew when:

"I think she has lied to the House, and I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don’t think the Speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters,” Gingrich said.

Let’s remember that when Newt was speaker of the House, the Ethics Committee voted 7-1 to reprimand him for using tax-deductible money for political purposes and he had to pay a $300,000 fine. Special counsel James M. Cole "concluded that Gingrich had violated federal tax law and had lied to the ethics panel in an effort to force the committee to dismiss the complaint against him."

In his book, Tom DeLay says Newt bragged to reporters that he shut down the government in 1995 "because Clinton had rudely made him and Bob Dole sit at the back of Air Force One." The Newt organization that collected money from the Tea Baggers, American Solutions, has spent $4 million in the past two years on private planes to shuttle Newt around, so I guess that’s less of a problem now.

But petty acts of vindictiveness are certainly in Newt’s DNA. In the interest of full disclosure, maybe he should have mentioned that a member of that ethics committee was one Nancy Pelosi.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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