Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich railed against Nancy Pelosi as the “most destructive Speaker” in history, leaving out his own checkered past, which involved paying $300,000 and resigning in disgrace after a Congressional ethics probe found he lied about violating tax law.
Gingrich made his comments to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who likewise didn’t bring up the former House leader’s ignominious legacy, in which he was the first-ever Speaker punished for ethics violations. Days after a disastrous 1998 midterm election for his party, Gingrich resigned the Speakership when it became clear he would be ousted from the role. He resigned from Congress weeks later.
At the end of Gingrich’s appearance on her Tuesday night show, Ingraham singled out a claim he