Gingrich Called for Jail for Politicians with Freddie Mac Ties

Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff on Wednesday accused Newt Gingrich of “corruption” for taking roughly $1.6 million from private/public mortgage company Freddie Mac. When pressed, Gingrich minimized the affair, admitting only to taking $300,000, and insisting that he did no lobbying but rather was paid to give advice.

Abramoff insisted that it is clear that Gingrich was paid for influence-peddling.

Gingrich had earlier implied that Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) should have gone to jail for his dealings with Freddie Mac:

“In Barney Frank’s case, go back and look at the lobbyists he was close to at Freddie Mac. All I’m saying is that everybody in the media who wants to go after the business community ought to start to go after the politicians who have been at the heart of the sickness which is weakening this country.”

Cenk Uygur played Gingrich’s statement at the time and challenged his premise, pointing out that Frank was trying to reform Freddie Mac:

And here, Cenk explains the unfolding Gingrich Freddie Mac/ Fannie Mae scandal, which is ironic in light of the earlier attack on Frank.

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  1. Mitt Romney investment in fannie mae and feddie mac
    link to youtube.com

    And Countywide mortage , Mozilo, donated the legal maximum of $2,300 a piece to former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the National Republican Senatorial Committee ($8,980)

    Mozilo spread sheet of donations is located at link below:
    link to opensecrets.org

  2. During all the years we have been inflicted with Gingrich’s presence on the national scene, it has been extremely difficult to identify any useful comment made by the man…until he called for the jailing of the Washington pols whose corruption helped to bring on the endless financial crisis (lifestyle?) suffocating this country. Finally, Newt and I are in agreement; may he be so lucky as to lead the march to jail.

    Could we not take just one of the brave policemen in New York who are today protecting the uber-rich criminals of Wall Street from the rage of democracy protesters to offer Mr. Gingrich his day in court?

    As for the protesters, when are they going to learn: democracy protests are for Arabs; if Americans do it, they get the Mubarak Treatment.

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