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CREW Calls On Gingrich To Tell DOJ To Release Investigation Records
Talking Points Memo ^ | February 15, 2012 | TMP Livewire

Posted on 02/15/2012 12:41:37 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on Newt Gingrich to tell the Justice Department to release its records of the House Ethics Committee's investigaiton of his conduct. From a news release:

"The committee inquiry centered on Mr. Gingrich’s use of tax-exempt organizations for political purposes and he was ultimately sanctioned for making false statements to Congress. The ethics committee forwarded its files to DOJ and the IRS for further action in 1997.

Last month, CREW sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to both federal agencies requesting the records. This week, DOJ denied CREW’s request, citing Mr. Gingrich’s need for privacy and claiming the records could be released only with his written permission.

“As a candidate for president, Mr. Gingrich’s congressional record should be an open book,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “The records of the ethics inquiry could shed substantial light on Mr. Gingrich’s conduct while in the House. Americans should have the opportunity to evaluate that information in considering Mr. Gingrich’s candidacy.”

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; ethics; gingrich2012; gopprimary
This would be the RAW files of the investigation (where everything said is written down -- true or not). They are not court proceedings or evidence used against Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich was absolved by the IRS of any wrong doing. No one would sign off on opening up raw files.

If you want to know the facts before commenting, read this column by Byron York:

Byron York: What really happened in the Gingrich ethics case?…………………………………….”Back in January 1997, the day after Cole presented his damning report to the Ethics Committee, the Washington Post's front-page banner headline was "Gingrich Actions 'Intentional' or 'Reckless'; Counsel Concludes That Speaker's Course Funding Was 'Clear Violation' of Tax Laws." That same day, the New York Times ran eleven stories on the Gingrich matter, four of them on the front page (one inside story was headlined, "Report Describes How Gingrich Used Taxpayers' Money for Partisan Politics"). On television, Dan Rather began the CBS Evening News by telling viewers that "only now is the evidence of Newt Gingrich's ethics violations and tax problems being disclosed in detail."

The story was much different when Gingrich was exonerated. The Washington Post ran a brief story on page five. The Times ran an equally brief story on page 23. And the evening newscasts of CBS, NBC, and ABC -- which together had devoted hours of coverage to the question of Gingrich's ethics -- did not report the story at all. Not a word.

Gingrich himself, not wanting to dredge up the whole ugly tale, said little about his exoneration. "I consider this a full and complete vindication," he wrote in a brief statement. "I urge my colleagues to go back and read their statements and watch how they said them, with no facts, based on nothing more than a desire to politically destroy a colleague."....

Now, Gingrich is saying much the same thing in the face of Romney's accusations. And despite the prominence of the matter in the GOP race, few outsiders seem inclined to dive back into the ethics matter to determine whether Gingrich deserves the criticism or not. But if Gingrich is to have any hope of climbing out from under the allegations, he'll have to find some way of letting people know what really happened.”

1 posted on 02/15/2012 12:41:46 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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During the Florida primary, Mitt Romney "approved this message" -- a :30 campaign ad titled: "History Lesson"

The "history lesson?" It is the January 21, 1997 lead-in tease by Tom Brokaw for ABC News about Newt Gingrich, as only ABC News can do.

The "lesson" learned is that Romney will do anything to win.

2 posted on 02/15/2012 12:48:02 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a bunch of crap.

3 posted on 02/15/2012 1:01:08 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife


4 posted on 02/15/2012 1:06:29 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO--itÂ’s about the survival of our country!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It would be more fitting if he tells DOJ to release ALL of the usurper and illegal criminal alien in the Whit- Hut to release HIS records, hmmm!!!

5 posted on 02/15/2012 1:07:10 PM PST by danamco (-)
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To: danamco
What a bunch of sh$t! How do people like this expect to get any respect if they just stay on the dark side? None of the friends I know takes these stories at face value. Waste of time to even read this. n/s
6 posted on 02/15/2012 1:15:33 PM PST by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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7 posted on 02/15/2012 1:16:50 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It makes you wonder whose crew CREW is. They don't seem much interested in the truth of the matter, which is in easily found public records as Thomas Sowell has pointed out in one of his fine columns.
8 posted on 02/15/2012 1:31:40 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Marguerite

CREW is the same outfit that has deemed Rick Santorum one of the most corrupt Senators in 2005-2006.

9 posted on 02/15/2012 1:36:41 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

All I can say is “SCREW CREW.”

10 posted on 02/15/2012 1:50:21 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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Mark Levin educates Chris Christie, Romney on Gingrich ‘ethics violations’

11 posted on 02/15/2012 1:57:07 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("We need to teach the establishment a lesson!" Newt Gingrich CPAC 2-10-2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife


12 posted on 02/15/2012 1:59:08 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Any article using CREW as an arbiters of ethics is either a Leftwing propagandist or a stooge of the same. CREW is a Leftist smear machine whose work is exemplified by its "Annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report" from 2006 (below). In a Congress that included the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, Murtha, etc. none of these are included and only 3 out of 20 are Democrats:

September 2006 - CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress:
Members of the Senate:

  ■Conrad Burns (R-MT)
  ■Bill Frist (R-TN)
  ■Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Members of the House:
  ■Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
  ■Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  ■Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
  ■Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  ■Richard Pombo (R-CA)
  ■John Doolittle (R-CA)
  ■Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
  ■Tom Feeney (R-FL)
  ■Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  ■Katherine Harris (R-FL)
  ■John Sweeney (R-NY)
  ■William Jefferson (D-LA)
  ■Charles Taylor (R-NC)
  ■Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
  ■Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  ■Gary Miller (R-CA)
  ■Curt Weldon (R-PA)


13 posted on 02/15/2012 2:10:45 PM PST by drpix
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To: sheikdetailfeather

WHY doesn’t this blow hard NOT educate people on the the real issue, the CONSTITUTION’s requirement of a NBC???

14 posted on 02/15/2012 7:36:33 PM PST by danamco (-)
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To: cameraeye

Just a simple question, - not a bunch of sh$t!, - have YOU pledge an Oath to the CONSTITUTION, or have any of your “friends” done likewise, huh???

15 posted on 02/15/2012 7:40:45 PM PST by danamco (-)
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To: Cyman

[July 2006] “A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding”

….”To become a “partner,”…requires a $25,000 entry fee and annual dues of $30,000 to cover alliance operations as well as some of its contributions to start-up liberal groups. Beyond this, partners also agree to spend at least $200,000 annually on organizations that have been endorsed by the alliance…

This accreditation process is the root of Democracy Alliance’s influence. If a group does not receive the alliance’s blessing, dozens of the nation’s wealthiest political contributors as a practical matter become off-limits for fundraising purposes.

Many of these contributors give away far more than the $200,000 requirement. Soros, Gill and insurance magnate Peter Lewis are among the biggest contributors, but 45 percent of the 95 partners gave $300,000 or better…
Democracy Alliance organizers say they are trying to bring principles of accountability and capital investment that are common in business to the world of political advocacy, where they believe such principles have often been missing.
Wade declined to discuss the donors or the groups they fund. But,…she described how the groups were chosen.

Alliance officials initially reviewed about 600 liberal and Democratic-leaning organizations. Then, about 40 of those groups were invited to apply for an endorsement — with a requirement that they submit detailed business plans and internal financial information. Those groups were then screened by a panel of alliance staff members, donors and outside experts, including some with expertise in philanthropy rather than politics. So far, according to people familiar with the alliance, 25 groups have received its blessing.

The goal was to invest in groups that could be influential in building what activists call “political infrastructure” — institutions that can support Democratic causes not simply in the next election but for years to come.

…Likewise, a Democracy Alliance blessing effectively jump-started Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).”……

16 posted on 02/16/2012 2:39:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: danamco
I served in Jimmy Carter's Navy and left in Bill Clinton’s. The eight years I served the USN in Ronald Reagan's Navy, I believe the oath to my country has been fulfilled.
17 posted on 02/18/2012 8:46:30 AM PST by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: cameraeye

Would you mind cite how THAT oath is worded???

18 posted on 02/18/2012 11:08:07 PM PST by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

“I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

That one!

19 posted on 02/19/2012 5:39:54 AM PST by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: cameraeye

That does include Article II. Section 1. Clause 5???

20 posted on 02/19/2012 7:41:42 AM PST by danamco (-)
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