Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has clarified previous comments she made about having secrets that could ruin the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich.
During an interview on CNN, Tuesday night, Pelosi made shocking comments, hinting that she knew something that would prevent Gingrich from becoming President.
"He's not going to be president of the United States...There's something I know," Pelosi told host CNN John King.
Pelosi's spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said that the remarks were misinterpreted and attempted to clarify what she meant on Wednesday. He claimed that she was referring to things that were in a 1990s --- era Ethics Committee report that investigated Gingrich, which is public record, according to Politico.com
"The 'something' Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be President of the United States. She made that clear last night," Hammill said. "Leader Pelosi previously made a reference to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware."
Pelosi also made a statement on Wednesday, saying that any reference she made to the Ethics Committee is confined to the public record.
This is the second time in two months that Pelosi reminded the media that she was on an ethics panel that investigated Gingrich's use of tax-exempt organizations, according to msnbc.com. The investigation ended with the House being reprimanded and a $300,000 penalty against Gingrich, who at the time was Speaker of the House.
The fine against Gingrich came because he, reportedly, misled the committee and prolonged their investigation.
Pelosi told an interviewer in December that one day, she'll discuss Newt Gingrich, indicating that she know some kind of dirt on him.
"I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year," she said. "A thousand pages of his stuff."
Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson, chairman of the ethics committee during the Gingrich investigation, said the committee does not usually release investigative documents to the public, according to the Associated Press.
Gingrich responded, Wednesday, saying that if she knows something, she should say it and if she doesn't know something, she should stop bringing it up, referring to the accusations as baloney.
"I don't think any Republican is going to be threatened by Nancy Pelosi," Gingrich said. "Frankly, I'd rather have her threaten me than endorse me."