Gingrich Ethics Charges Details: Concluded Nothing.

Bob Livingston, former Republican Congressman from Louisiana, is on with Fox News’ Martha McCollum right now, talking about Newt Gingrich. Martha is talking about how the House reacted to Newt not long before he stepped down from the Speakership and then resigned his seat. She is chatting with Livingston about what went down at that time. If this exchange comes out on video, I’ll post it. Everything below in the Livingston conversation is paraphrased.

[LIVINGSTON] Some in the House objected to Newt Gingrich challenging House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX) for the speakership.

[MCCOLLUM] ‘…but wasn’t he fined under ethics charges?

[LIVINGSTON] ‘yes, but it had to do with an advance he took for a book he had written, but Hillary did the same in a much bigger way (indicated Hillary’s advance was hugely more than Newt’s and no one cared.)

[MCCOLLUM:] ‘…those serving with him at the time say he is erratic.

[LIVINGSTON] ‘…that’s those who are supporting another candidate. I supported him. I was there. The bottom line is:

‘We cut spending, eliminated programs, had welfare reform, balanced the budget, cut taxes.’

Some details about the Ethics charges:

For nearly two years, the House ethics committee investigated this and other Democratic allegations.

Cole also said that while the committee had not reached a conclusion about whether Gingrich had violated tax laws, that matter will be left to the Internal Revenue Service. The committee plans to make available its files to the IRS….

The original charges had fallen by the wayside. Gingrich admitted he had unintentionally but materially misled the committee and had failed to keep the college course insulated from partisan politics. Source.

The above quote comes after this:

With “Renewing American Civilization,” history-professor-turned-politician Newt Gingrich had a college course — a program that was supposed to be insulated from partisan politics and campaign cash.

The litany he used in the classroom sounds much like one he uses today.

“American civilization cannot survive with 12-year-olds having babies, 15-year-olds shooting one another, 17-year-olds dying of AIDS, and 18-year-olds graduating with diplomas they cannot read,” Gingrich lectured.

But then, as now, Gingrich had several overlapping projects going on. And Democrats alleged that Gingrich used the college course to promote a political agenda…

In other words, Democrats objected to Newt having access to young minds, something Democrats simply must have charge of. Here is one quote from one of the issues Newt lectured on:

“American civilization cannot survive with 12-year-olds having babies, 15-year-olds shooting one another, 17-year-olds dying of AIDS, and 18-year-olds graduating with diplomas they cannot read,” Gingrich lectured.

But in the end, not much was concluded other than he took a book advance, and ‘misled’ the committee.

Cole also said that while the committee had not reached a conclusion about whether Gingrich had violated tax laws, that matter will be left to the Internal Revenue Service. The committee plans to make available its files to the IRS.

In addition, the panel has not yet resolved complaints that Gingrich received improper gifts, contributions and support from GOPAC, a political action committee he once headed.

Think Charlie Rangel. Think Maxine Waters. Nancy Pelosi’s Special Task Force on Ethics was a joke. Pelosi should have been brought up on abuse of taxpayer funds, and using legislation to feather her bank account. It’s far past time to put Newt’s ethics charges in perspective. I’ll have more in coming days.

Many thanks to The Desk of Lady Liberty for Linking!

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Many thanks, Maggie! Newt’s still not my first choice, but you’re quite right that this is some much needed perspective.

    • RSS Ronald Reagan, you are most welcome. I am excited to find this info, and I found and posted more today.

  • RNC/MSM running out of ammo, seems to me they rolled out all they had against Newt to stop him in SC

    And it’s not working… looks like he’s surging from where I’m standing

  • Good article Maggie! I support Newt. I see that Michael Reagan officially is endorsing Newt. Saturday’s South Carolina Primary is going to be interesting, no doubt!

    • Fran, now that we know the results of South Carolina, I’m beginning to have some hope for conservatism in Florida but am trying to not get too emboldened. My fear is Romney jumping out and choosing Rubio for VP. That will end Newt’s chances, I think.

  • Met Bob Livingston in a neighbor’s backyard once. She worked on the Hill. For somebody, don’t know if it was him, but I definitely know she has been to a Mardi Gras or two. 🙂 Good Man.

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    • Liberty at Stake, I went back and read some background on Livingston. The things he said spurred me to get information on the Ethics charges, and I thank him for that, because they were a sham. Romney sending a cake to commemorate Newt’s reprimand, is so ugly.

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  • After the last debate, I’m on Newt’s side. I listened to one excerpt of his former, whining, wife, and when she was talking about how Newt wanted an open marriage, he actually said, in her own words, “you have to learn to share me”, she assumed he meant We need an open marriage. But when you also hear that she didn’t like Newt to be in politics because she hated sharing him… I understand what Newt was saying. It had nothing to do with him wanting an open marriage. Everything I heard in that clip was her assuming he meant.. not that he actually said it or was actually in bed with his girlfriend when he called and wanted a divorce, she said, I knew he was in bed with her, not evidence that he actually was in bed with her. Sounds like her vivid imagination was active. That’s why you never listen to the complaining divorced party, when they actually talk about how they felt what he did or said. Is Newt perfect.. no… but can he clean Obama’s clock… yep.

    • David, I didn’t believe anything she said. It just didn’t sound credible, although Newt may have called her from Calista’s bed. Of course he may have called his wife Jackie from Marianne’s bed. The stuff about abortion and wanting him all to herself and “open marriage,” no way to know the truth, but it didn’t sound reliable to me.

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