Gingrich Says Pelosi Should Step Down

Posted May 20, 2009 at 7:33am

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Wednesday called for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to step down from her leadership post, saying she has lost her credibility in the ongoing flap over Bush administration interrogation practices. “I think that with Speaker Pelosi’s comments last Thursday, particularly the ones in which she alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency routinely lies to Congress, that she really disqualified herself to be Speaker,— Gingrich told Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America.— Gingrich said it’s up to the House to decide whether Pelosi intentionally misled the country about what she knew, and when, about the use of enhanced interrogation tactics on suspected terrorists. But Gingrich said that regardless of what the House decides, she should relinquish her post. “We are in the middle of two wars. We have a global conflict with terrorism. There are men and women around the world risking their lives for this country in the very agency that she is smearing, and I just think for Congress to allow the third-ranking person to be a person who has this lacking in respect for national security is very dangerous for the country,— he said. Republicans have been hammering Pelosi over her various accounts of what she knew about the interrogation tactics during President George W. Bush’s first term. Last week, the Speaker fired back and accused the CIA of lying to Members of Congress about what methods were being employed.Current Republican Congressional leaders have so far stopped short of calling for Pelosi to step aside.