Did Pelosi Commit Blackmail?
American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2011 | Bruce Walker
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011 11:49:54 AM by No One Special
House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said that if Newt Gingrich is the Republican nominee, she will disclose what Americans do not now know about him out of confidential House Ethics Committee investigations. Newt noted that this was an ethical violation itself, which caused Pelosi to back off her earlier threat, but there is more at issue than just House Ethics Committee rules.
The House Democrat Leader may well have committed blackmail. Consider the common-law definition: “Blackmail is gaining or attempting to gain anything of value or compelling another to act against such person’s will, by threatening to communicate accusations or statements about any person that would subject such person or any other person to public ridicule, contempt or degradation.” Is not that precisely what Pelosi did?
We are accustomed to think of the related crimes of blackmail and extortion producing a monetary payoff, but that is not always the case. Not only is obtaining sex by means of threats to reveal hurtful or embarrassing information considered blackmail, but the consummation of that sexual payoff may also be rape. What must be demanded is “anything of value” or “compelling another to act against such person’s will.” Those phrases encompass much more than cash…..
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- ‘I Want To Thank Speaker Pelosi For What I Regard As An Early Christmas Gift’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” While in Congress, Gingrich co-sponsored 418 bills with Pelosi (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
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