Monday, December 5, 2011

Nancy Pelosi, Ethics Violator Extraordinaire

Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with Talking Points Memo, let it be known that she has plenty of dirt on Newt Gingrich that she'll share "when the time is right":
“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."
Two things.
1. Wouldn't the "right time" for the American people be, oh, I don't know...NOW?  Or by "right time" does she mean when Newt has won the nomination and it takes dumping some filth on him for Obama to win, since he can't win on his own merits, record, broken promises, and billion dollars?
2. As she pointed out, Nancy served on the ethics committee that investigated Newt in the late '90s for campaign finance violations and cheating on taxes (Thank God no one has investigated none of the current admin's staff, cabinet, and appointees...).  Um....
Under House Rule XI(3)(d), every member and staffer of the Ethics Committee must execute the following oath or affirmation before obtaining access to confidential information:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not disclose, to any person or entity outside the Committee on Ethics, any information received in the course of my service with the committee, except as authorized by the committee or in accordance with its rules.”
The Committee rules clearly prohibit disclosure to persons outside the Committee of information relating to an investigation or any investigative or adjudicatory proceedings and ban making any confidential information public absent “an affirmative vote of a majority of members of the Committee.” See Ethics Committee Rule 7 (b), (c) & (d).
Let's see.... Add this to her crooked insider-trading (but legal for Congress) practices and maybe she'll get an ethics investigation of her own!