Gingrich: Romney’s lying about my ethics case

posted at 12:10 pm on January 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Reports from the campaign trail today indicate that Newt Gingrich is angrier today on the stump than at any time in this cycle.  One reporter on Twitter said Gingrich went on an extended rant against Mitt Romney before starting his stump speech at a Florida morning venue.  At least part of that anger comes from Romney’s attack on Gingrich over his ethics case in the mid-1990s as Speaker, as Gingrich explained to Sean Hannity last night (via Greg Hengler):

Greg also finds a CNN report from 1999 noting Gingrich’s complete vindication on the ethics charges by the IRS:

How exactly is Romney attacking Gingrich on this point? A bit passive-aggressively. Romney’s not actually claiming that Gingrich was guilty of the ethics charges, but he keeps demanding that Gingrich release the “full findings” of the investigation, as he did Monday:

Romney has also called on Gingrich to release the findings from an ethics probe that led the House to reprimand Gingrich and fine him $300,000 for improperly financing two projects and misleading the ethics committee, the first time a speaker was convicted of ethics violations.

“Of course he should,” release the full findings of the investigation, Romney told reporters on Friday, adding that “You know it’s going to get out before the general election.”

However, the person who led the probe says that all of the relevant material has already been released:

Romney’s request, however, would require the current Ethics Committee to vote to release any remaining supporting documents that were not part of the public report that came out in January 1997. According to Johnson, those documents would not include any additional material relevant to what is already online at the committee’s Web site. She added that the eight-member panel had an extensive amount of time to question Gingrich about any matter.

“The committee members had the freedom to question the witness as long as they had any unanswered questions,” Johnson said Monday.

It’s pretty lengthy, and it’s in image-scan format rather than text format, which makes it impossible to cut and paste material, but the report is most certainly there.  Given the IRS’ exoneration, it’s pretty difficult to understand what else Romney needs to see, and it looks more like a cheap shot than a real campaign issue.  Nothing’s being hidden, unless Romney wants to postulate that the IRS under Bill Clinton ignored evidence of guilt to exonerate Gingrich.  Give this one a rest already.

Update: Romney’s campaign let this ad loose in Florida yesterday

If Bill Clinton’s IRS exonerated Gingrich, why are we still talking about this? And why are we using Nancy Pelosi as a guidepost in a Republican primary?


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Angry daddy newt is back. happy happy joy joy!

GhoulAid on January 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Cheap angle from Romney camp.

I’m so sick of this back and forth.

blatantblue on January 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

No, Romney isn’t capable of cheap shots. The Romney campaign better look past Gingrich if they want to win, Obama is going to eat him alive.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

it looks more like a cheap shot than a real campaign issue.

I’m shocked.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Why not link the video of Dan Burton defending Newt, Ed? Unlike Romney, he was actually there.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

breaking news! Christine OD at request of SP holds seance and gets affirmation from Reagan that he always loved Newt as the next great conservative….

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Very black kettle with rusty bottom calling the entire kitchen dirty.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Mittens made a serious error with this. Its a false issue. When people find out they will be angry.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Yes. They definitely need to look past Gingrich.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

LOL Good luck with that argument, Newt.

rockmom on January 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Mitt’s latest Soap Opera/Larry Flynt production is full of lies.

God sent Newt a perfect gift today.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

This is why the internet is so great. Even Romney’s money can’t influence and corrupt anyone who wants to know the truth.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/01/nancy-reagan-1995-ronnie-turned-that-torch-over-to-newt/

mozalf on January 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Reports from the campaign trail today indicate that Newt Gingrich is angrier today on the stump than at any time in this cycle. One reporter on Twitter said Gingrich went on an extended rant against Mitt Romney before starting his stump speech at a Florida morning venue.

Ill-tempered, undisciplined…

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Dude, this guy has anger issues.

haner on January 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Gee Newt, how about Keystone? Solyndra? Gas prices? Fast & Furious? Recess appointments? The enemy in the White House?

What happened to “I’m going to run a positive campaign”?

Quit complaining and focus on what’s important, dude.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

It’s not Newt’s ethics case I’m worried about!
Romney’s people are low-lifes regarding that case.
There is other red meat out there.
Newt is diverting attention.

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Instead of a debate tonight can we have a duel between Mitt and Newt?

meci on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Cheap angle from Romney camp.

I’m so sick of this back and forth.

blatantblue on January 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I am too. Romney started this in Iowa. He reminds me so much of B.O., that it’s eerie. I got my first real look at him in the first debate that Gov. Perry was in. Before the debate was over, he had his senior advisors all over the net, lying about Perry. This was when Perry called S.S. a ponzi scheme.

That’s Romney’s tactic, send out his goons to slam, lie, distort about other Candidates. Then he acts like he’s completely innocent.

What he doesn’t realize, is that he is advertising exactly how he would be if we are so unfortunate to have him in the White House.

We’ve already got one in the W.H. now, why would we want another?

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Yeah, Newt. Calm down. After all, Mitt said, “The Economy’s improving.”

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I am so sick of Romney trying to by this election and with his nasty scorched earth tactics.

I’m voting Newt.

Malachi45 on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

You know…

… There is this guy in the White House who is seriously screwing this country as we talk among ourselves.

Just sayin’…

Seven Percent Solution on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Well, this ought to be helpful…

Soros says no difference between Romney and Obama

flyfisher on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The actual issue — not what Gingrich is ranting about — is that the RECORDS as to the ethics investigation on Gingrich have not all been released. While Gingrich and supporters all call anyone a liar who states that, the reality is that the investigative records of the ethics case have not been released. Gingrich doesn’t mention those.

Yes, it worked out for Gingrich, though he resigned, but, he WAS fined for ethics violations, it was substantiated that he did commit those violations and very close to the entire GOP House wanted him to leave due to these ethical “variations” he engaged in, among other things or so I’ve read.

So I think the issue needs to be put to rest, yes, but Gingrich shouldn’t be let off the hook about how he’s lied about these issues and Romney about what’s been and hasn’t been both said and done.

Gingrich protests about the issue being “dredged up” so to speak and it’s likely good to let it go, yes, but the greater offense is that Gingrich seems continuing to be the same old ethics-violating Gingrich he was “back then.”

I don’t see anything to support the claim that “he’s redeemed” about Gingrich.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I kind of thought this was about Gingrich. Obsessing much?

Tennman on January 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

The nice thing about being Mitt Romney is that you don’t have to do your own dirty work. You can have others do it for you…keep your hands clean.

RBMN on January 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

anyone have any good snack suggestions for tonight’s debate. i have a feeling it’s gonna get a little bloody….

GhoulAid on January 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Attack the Duke La Cross players for the charges of Rape they were on the receiving end of! Americans do not tolerate injustice well, and Newt is right to be outraged by Romney trying to score points on such an injustice.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Well, this ought to be helpful…

Soros says no difference between Romney and Obama

flyfisher on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

So THAT’S where the attack-Romney campaign led by Gingrich is coming from: Soros. Heh.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Newt’s larest is that during an interview regarding how his personal life mirrored Clinton’s at the time, his was different because he didn’t lie when diposed.

Now we find out he was never diposed on the subject. Can the man tell the truth about anything?

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

it looks more like a cheap shot than a real campaign issue.

It’s called: Mitt’s entire nomination strategy

mankai on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

anyone have any good snack suggestions for tonight’s debate. i have a feeling it’s gonna get a little bloody….

GhoulAid on January 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

For drinks I recomend Chambord raspberry liquor with a sour of some sort. I like mountain dew myself… Margaritta is great to mix with it as well, no salt though.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Does anyone know the exact details of this ethics charge? What the hell is it? Insider trading?
What is the infraction and what are the details?

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Gee Newt, how about Keystone? Solyndra? Gas prices? Fast & Furious? Recess appointments? The enemy in the White House?

What happened to “I’m going to run a positive campaign”?

Quit complaining and focus on what’s important, dude.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

You can’t be serious. is he supposed to just ignore the millions being spent against him? The personal attacks?

Typical Rombot. When their guy is tearing down someone else they look the other way. when someone hits back they whine and dissemble.

Malachi45 on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Attack the Duke La Cross players for the charges of Rape they were on the receiving end of! Americans do not tolerate injustice well, and Newt is right to be outraged by Romney trying to score points on such an injustice.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Meanwhile, Gingrich is relying on people such as yourself missing the point and so attacking Romney and lending Gingrich his Sympathy-Card.

The issue is Gingrich is again lying and stirring up his bellyful with responding to one issue with another and then condemning the question or issue that he isn’t even addressing but instead is referring gullible, emotionally led listeners to another.

It’s called Bait-And-Switch and then being “angry” at the other guy.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Newt’s larest is that during an interview regarding how his personal life mirrored Clinton’s at the time, his was different because he didn’t lie when diposed.

Now we find out he was never diposed on the subject. Can the man tell the truth about anything?

Tater Salad on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

You inferred the deposition. Just because you are a moron does not make Newt a liar on the subject.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Why do Santorum and Paul even bother at this point in time?
Noone is talking or writing about either of them.

BTW – for those of you who say Newt isn’t conservative,
ACR gave Newt 100% rating when he was last in congress (1998?).

Perhaps that’s the reason for the bogus ethics charges. He
was too conservative for the rinos we are elect to office.
However, my initial impression was that it was a power grab.

Amjean on January 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

No, Romney isn’t capable of cheap shots. The Romney campaign better look past Gingrich if they want to win, Obama is going to eat him alive.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Didn’t Brett freakin’ Baier eat Mittens alive?

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Ill-tempered, undisciplined…

changer1701 on January 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Keep trying… maybe Nancy Pelosi has some more suggestions for the Romney campaign.

/

mankai on January 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Meanwhile, Gingrich is relying on people such as yourself missing the point and so attacking Romney and lending Gingrich his Sympathy-Card.

The issue is Gingrich is again lying and stirring up his bellyful with responding to one issue with another and then condemning the question or issue that he isn’t even addressing but instead is referring gullible, emotionally led listeners to another.

It’s called Bait-And-Switch and then being “angry” at the other guy.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

You really need to lay off the non medical drugs dude.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Yes, it worked out for Gingrich, though he resigned, but, he WAS fined for ethics violations, it was substantiated that he did commit those violations and very close to the entire GOP House wanted him to leave due to these ethical “variations” he engaged in, among other things or so I’ve read.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Congressman Burton passionately rebuts your characterization in the video I linked above. He says the majority of the GOP reps. wanted him to stay. Neither you nor Romney were in the room, but Dan Burton was. Is he lying, too?

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

breaking news! Christine OD at request of SP holds seance and gets affirmation from Reagan that he always loved Newt as the next great conservative….

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Why would COD want to help Newt when she has already endorsed Romney?

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Have you noticed Hot Air, doesn’t brings up the following w/florida looming;

1) Romneycare and that he doesn’t want to repeal it

2) Romneycare paying 13.9% in taxes and his 12 offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands

3)Romneycare’s support for Gay marriage, Abortion, raising taxes, gun control, appointing the most liberal judges, every single bailout, cap & tax support, global warming support

4) How the pond scum GOP estanlishment has rigged the primary process for romneycare

5)How Romneycare doesn’t have one freakin conservative accomplishment

6) How mr. businessman was 47th out of 50 states in job creation

7)How Romneycare doesn’t connect w/people

8)How w/all the establishment money, rigged political process, elected official endorsements, his millions etc., he can’t beat a guy who has no money, no organization etc.. Yet the pond scum GOP tells us romneycare is more electable

9) The only way romneycare can win Florida is to destroy gingrich w/the establishment GOP drudge, hot air, etc., millions in TV ads (Outspending gingrich on TV 1000 to 1) etc.. yet be can’t shake him, the reason conservatives aren’t fooled

10)To the republican establishment, drudge, Hot air etc.. I have lost so much respect for you for selling your principle for a guy who is a punk rino who has accomplished nothing.

Danielvito on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Nothing’s being hidden, unless Romney wants to postulate that the IRS under Bill Clinton ignored evidence of guilt to exonerate Gingrich. Give this one a rest already.

I would suggest Romney keeps on this as a backhanded way of reminding voters just how despised Newt was as Speaker. Just how polarizing. Just how arrogant.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

So THAT’S where the attack-Romney campaign led by Gingrich is coming from: Soros. Heh.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

.
SEIU has bought somewhere around $700,000 in airtime to attack… Mittens ! So all the usual suspects are lining up down here- against Rich Mitt

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It’s called: Mitt’s entire nomination strategy

mankai on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Romney blows

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

GO AFTER DEAR LEADER

Hello?

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It’s a shame that we have to go through this lying lunatic Newt before we can focus on Obama. Just wait until Newt loses Florida. He will do all he can to burn the party to the ground. It’s sad, and disgusting.

royalblue on January 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

He’s “just in over his head”, ma’am. Didn’t you hear?

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Does anyone know the exact details of this ethics charge? What the hell is it? Insider trading?
What is the infraction and what are the details?

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Ed did a great job of capsulizing it here yesterday. Nothing as sexy as insider trading or lying to Congress or nipping a bit of intern.

Tennman on January 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Congressman Burton passionately rebuts your characterization in the video I linked above. He says the majority of the GOP reps. wanted him to stay. Neither you nor Romney were in the room, but Dan Burton was. Is he lying, too?

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Yeah and all those disgraced politicians are really resigning because they want to spend more time with their families. What politicians say in public is not always the reality behind closed doors.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Gingrich was exonerated of the charges, but not without a fine by the GOP House for what he DID admit was irregular.

The actual issue today is that Gingrich has misrepresented the ordeal and called everyone else various names and issued insults to anyone who’d question him about this.

AND that not “all the records” have been “released” contrary to what Gingrich claims.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Have you noticed Hot Air, doesn’t brings up the following w/florida looming;

1) Romneycare and that he doesn’t want to repeal it

2) Romneycare paying 13.9% in taxes and his 12 offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands

3)Romneycare’s support for Gay marriage, Abortion, raising taxes, gun control, appointing the most liberal judges, every single bailout, cap & tax support, global warming support

4) How the pond scum GOP estanlishment has rigged the primary process for romneycare

5)How Romneycare doesn’t have one freakin conservative accomplishment

6) How mr. businessman was 47th out of 50 states in job creation

7)How Romneycare doesn’t connect w/people

8)How w/all the establishment money, rigged political process, elected official endorsements, his millions etc., he can’t beat a guy who has no money, no organization etc.. Yet the pond scum GOP tells us romneycare is more electable

9) The only way romneycare can win Florida is to destroy gingrich w/the establishment GOP drudge, hot air, etc., millions in TV ads (Outspending gingrich on TV 1000 to 1) etc.. yet be can’t shake him, the reason conservatives aren’t fooled

10)To the republican establishment, drudge, Hot air etc.. I have lost so much respect for you for selling your principle for a guy who is a punk rino who has accomplished nothing.

Danielvito on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I have no problem with Hot Air going after Newt. It’s circling the wagons for Romney that I find so disgusting. He’s a woefully flawed candidate, but they refuse to go after him with equal intensity.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You inferred the deposition. Just because you are a moron does not make Newt a liar on the subject.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Check Drudge.

a capella on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

KJ
*shaking the head*

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If only Romney would be this cold-blooded going after Obama, he might be okay, but I haven’t seen it yet.

RBMN on January 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Gotta give Pelosi some credit for knowing Romney would take the lure.

viking01 on January 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

GO AFTER DEAR LEADER

Hello?

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You’re wasting your breath here. They just want to go after each others Candidate instead, playing right into Obama’s campaign “Alinsky” strategy…

sandee on January 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Mark Levin summed all this up pretty well on his radio show the other day. I wish I could find a transcript but the gist was that Mr. Levin, an attorney himself, assisted Newt Gingrich with these ethics violations back in the ’90s – with the help of the Landmark Legal Foundation – and besides getting them dismissed, filed counter ethics complaints against the democrats who filed the complaints against Newt. A few facts that the Romney campaign conveniently overlooks.

mozalf on January 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Newt needs to stop devoting precious communication time to all this doodoo. The more choleric he looks about it, the less impressed voters will be.

Sure, Romney wants to make it all about ugly insinuations against Newt. That’s what Romney does, and it’s a big ding on him.

But Newt doesn’t have to oblige. Stop taking the bait already, Shrags.

J.E. Dyer on January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Gingrich was exonerated of the charges, but not without a fine by the GOP House for what he DID admit was irregular.

The actual issue today is that Gingrich has misrepresented the ordeal and called everyone else various names and issued insults to anyone who’d question him about this.

AND that not “all the records” have been “released” contrary to what Gingrich claims.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Why do you keep posting lies? There was no fine.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Have you noticed Hot Air, doesn’t brings up the following w/florida looming;

1) Romneycare and that he doesn’t want to repeal it

2) Romneycare paying 13.9% in taxes and his 12 offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands

3)Romneycare’s support for Gay marriage, Abortion, raising taxes, gun control, appointing the most liberal judges, every single bailout, cap & tax support, global warming support

4) How the pond scum GOP estanlishment has rigged the primary process for romneycare

5)How Romneycare doesn’t have one freakin conservative accomplishment

6) How mr. businessman was 47th out of 50 states in job creation

7)How Romneycare doesn’t connect w/people

8)How w/all the establishment money, rigged political process, elected official endorsements, his millions etc., he can’t beat a guy who has no money, no organization etc.. Yet the pond scum GOP tells us romneycare is more electable

9) The only way romneycare can win Florida is to destroy gingrich w/the establishment GOP drudge, hot air, etc., millions in TV ads (Outspending gingrich on TV 1000 to 1) etc.. yet be can’t shake him, the reason conservatives aren’t fooled

10)To the republican establishment, drudge, Hot air etc.. I have lost so much respect for you for selling your principle for a guy who is a punk rino who has accomplished nothing.

Danielvito on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

It is what it is.

Obama will win… and then they will turn and blame actual conservatives when it happens.

tetriskid on January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

i have noticed a difference between hot air and Free republic. Free republic touches on things that maybe are to controversial? or that hot air doesn’t want to touch for fear of the whole birther thing?

GhoulAid on January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

So THAT’S where the attack-Romney campaign led by Gingrich is coming from: Soros. Heh.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

.
SEIU has bought somewhere around $700,000 in airtime to attack… Mittens ! So all the usual suspects are lining up down here- against Rich Mitt

FlaMurph on January 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Yes and I find it disgusting that some on the Right have taken up the “class warfare” “social justice” crud against Republicans.

I’m very happy for Romney and his family that they have prospered.

If SEIU and other Leftwingers loathe him becuase he’s “rich,” they should be held accountable for why their entire war cry is always and routinely about “gimme”.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Why would COD want to help Newt when she has already endorsed Romney?

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

You guys take this stuff waaaay too seriously

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Check Drudge.

a capella on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Check the website that actually has the owner self admittedly a Newt Gingrich Hater? Yeah, he will have credibility.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Why do you keep posting lies? There was no fine.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Why are you posting insane accusations?

Gingrich was fined $300,000 by Republicans and he paid it.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

To be fair, what you are posting is an inference, not a fact. Gingrich’s exoneration came after he agreed to the fine to make it go away. And after he left Congress.

If he had been exonerated before the ethics committee, which is what should have happened, then nothing at all would have happened. This was a witch hunt, plain and simple, your inference notwithstanding.

I’m not for Newt, yet; and I’m not for Mitt, yet; but I am for getting to the truth before I cast my vote. You’re not helping.

Tennman on January 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I am so sick of Romney trying to by this election and with his nasty scorched earth tactics.

I’m voting Newt.

Malachi45 on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I just had a comment ready that said almost the same thing, but hit the wrong key, LOL

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

anyone have any good snack suggestions for tonight’s debate. i have a feeling it’s gonna get a little bloody….

GhoulAid on January 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Note to self: pick up a fresh jar of cherries, crucial ingredient for Bourbon Manhattans.

Naturally Curly on January 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Check the website that actually has the owner self admittedly a Newt Gingrich Hater? Yeah, he will have credibility.

astonerii on January 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

O.K., don’t.

a capella on January 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Greg also finds a CNN report from 1999 noting Gingrich’s complete vindication on the ethics charges by the IRS:

Yes, he was vindicated on the IRS issue but that is only one part of the Ethics Case. The other part had to do with providing misleading information to the committee- something which he blames on his lawyer. This year he blames people he hired for committing “fraud” in Virginia and thus causing him to not meet the ballot qualifications.

That being said, I agree that this issue is a waste of time to revisit.

Buy Danish on January 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Yeah, Newt. Calm down. After all, Mitt said, “The Economy’s improving.”

link ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Danielvito on January 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Clearly you don’t frequent the same website as I do.

blatantblue on January 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Gingrich: Romney’s lying about my ethics case

Then why did you resign Mr. Speaker?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I’ll take a kick @ss debater and reformed adulterer completely cleared by the IRS of any wrongdoing – better than the recently pro-life “conservative” with liberal tattooed where you can’t see it under his skinny jeans.

Of course I’ll take pickin’ mittens if his money and pandering takes the nomination. I’ll pull that lever any day – it’s the lever of mutha effin’ capitalism. American Socialistic society will eventually mature Europe style, but I intend to cling bitterly to liberty. Very bitterly.

DHChron on January 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

You guys take this stuff waaaay too seriously

Bradky on January 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Good point. Next thing you know I’ll be bringing up the Palins in ever post and crossing my fingers that a public flogging ensues.

Kataklysmic on January 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Why do you keep posting lies? There was no fine.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Why are you posting insane accusations?

Gingrich was fined $300,000 by Republicans and he paid it.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM

So there’s no legal distinction between a fine and costs? I’m an attorney and there is a huge difference. You are mischaracterizing it.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, Newt. Calm down. After all, Mitt said, “The Economy’s improving.”

link ?? you should have this link at the ready, shouldn’t you ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Naturally Curly on January 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

ha ha ha. i said snacks, not beverages. i don’t drink. although i have been tempted lately cuz of this whole circus.

GhoulAid on January 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

There ya go, Skippy. Reading is fun-damental.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

You can’t be serious. is he supposed to just ignore the millions being spent against him? The personal attacks?

Typical Rombot. When their guy is tearing down someone else they look the other way. when someone hits back they whine and dissemble.

Malachi45 on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Sure, ignore it, why not? What happened to rising above the fray? Mitt threw out red meat and Newt took the bait in typical Newt fashion instead of talking about the enemy in the White House.

And I am not a Mitt supporter.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Santorum looks better and better, folks. These two are simply cheap shot artists.

michaelo on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

thanks, is that all you have ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Newt is done. Has called that all illegals that have been here 20 years to be able to jump the line and be given “quick citizenship” over those that are going through it legally.

ConservativePartyNow on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Q: So when did you stop having ethic problems.

Newt: I have been cleared of the ethic chargers.

Q: but you still had them. Even if they where cleared so someone thought the case was strong enough to bring the charges against you.

tjexcite on January 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

he WAS fined for ethics violations, it was substantiated that he did commit those violations and very close to the entire GOP House wanted him to leave due to these ethical “variations” he engaged in, among other things or so I’ve read.

Lourdes on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM


No, you’re incorrect.
He was not fined. He paid to cover part of the cost of the investigation. He was exonerated on every charge, even the one that was investigated by the IRS for three years, after which they concluded he had done nothing wrong.

This has all been documented quite extensively, so you might want to question what you’ve ‘read’.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

If Mitt is colluding with Nancy Pelosi as a candidate what is he willing to do as president.

meci on January 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

What happened to “I’m going to run a positive campaign”?

Quit complaining and focus on what’s important, dude.

JPeterman on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Newt was running a positive campaign. It was Romney that ran all of the negative ads in Iowa against Newt.

When any Candidate lies and distorts your record you have to fight back to some extent.

Romney has no problem of explaining what Newt has said. Fair play.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Hey, Bradky!

Did you hear? Mitt met with Bwahney Fwank and Sheila Jackson Lee for their advice on Campaign Strategy!///

Now, before you answer, remember…you guys takes this stuff waaay too seriously.

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Gingrich says the affairs make hims “more normal” than the other candidates. Right…….

ConservativeLaw on January 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Bain capital 27 minute attack video mostly false please

gerrym51 on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

No, you’re incorrect. He was not fined. He paid to cover part of the cost of the investigation. He was exonerated on every charge, even the one that was investigated by the IRS for three years, after which they concluded he had done nothing wrong.

This has all been documented quite extensively, so you might want to question what you’ve ‘read’.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Explain again why Newt resigned?

Roy Rogers on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I can’t believe that people get so exercised over the couch.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

This is a cheap shot in my opinon:

Romney’s request, however, would require the current Ethics Committee to vote to release any remaining supporting documents that were not part of the public report that came out in January 1997. According to Johnson, those documents would not include any additional material relevant to what is already online at the committee’s Web site. She added that the eight-member panel had an extensive amount of time to question Gingrich about any matter.

bluefox on January 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

This is just to get Newt so pi$$ed that he implodes–again. Newt gets so angry he attacks Mitt from the LEFT which makes Mitt look conservative. Smartest man in the room…

cartooner on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Mitt is mosly quoting Nancy Pelosi. Newt should scream tonight at Nancy Pelosi

gerrym51 on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

thanks, is that all you have ?

runner on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hot Air’s not good enough for you?

kingsjester on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

The primary issue involves Newt’s deceptions. He was exonerated by the IRS for any tax-related wrongdoing, but his veracity is still an issue.Slainte on January 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Yup, and he hasn’t helped it any in the last few days.

a capella on January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

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