Newport, N. H. - Newt Gingrich tells reporters he'd be "happy" if the consulting company Center for Health Transformation agrees to release the details of his contract with Freddie Mac.
Freddie Mac officials now say they will waive the confidentiality agreement with Gingrich's former consultancy, which garnered his company over $1.6 million dollars of services from 1999 to 2008, and has been at the center of scrutiny from critics who say he lobbied on behalf of Freddie Mac during the run-up to the housing bust. Gingrich has said he never lobbied on behalf of Freddie Mac or for any client.
Gingrich explained to reporters Friday that the decision to release the details of the contract is now in the hands of Nancy Desmond, CEO of the Center for Health Transformation, a unit of the Gingrich Group. The candidate stepped down as chairman from the Gingrich Group in May before he threw his hat into the presidential race.
"They've got to decide because they have confidentiality agreements with all their companies, they've got to think that through," Gingrich said. Asked why he wouldn't have sway over the decision given that he used to own CHT, Gingrich said, "They have legal control. I don't."The GOP presidential candidate toured Sturm, Ruger, & Co. Friday, a company that advertises itself as the only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms.
Gingrich has consistently championed second amendment rights on the trail, touting his lifetime membership to, and A rating from, the National Rifle Association. He told reporters he doesn't own any guns and that it's been a "couple years" since we last went shooting, but "I can tell you that my grandson just got a 410 for Christmas. He's very excited. He and his father went out shooting the following day. He did better than his father."