10/30/2013 01:12 pm ET

Newt Gingrich Calls Kathleen Sebelius A Worse Liar Than Nixon

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) took to Twitter Wednesday morning to attack Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the botched rollout of the healthcare exchanges.

“Sebelius dishonesty in testimony this morning exceeds anything president Nixon was accused of. The Obama team can't tell truth and survive,” Gingrich tweeted.

Wednesday’s testimony marks Sebelius’ first appearance before Congress since the Oct. 1 debut of Healthcare.gov, the federal website that was set up to enable Americans to purchase insurance. Eager to assign blame, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers used Wednesday’s hearing as an opportunity to question Sebelius on claims of canceled insurance policies and website malfunctions.

Numerous Republicans, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), have called on President Barack Obama to fire Sebelius.

"I apologize. I'm accountable to you," Sebelius said during Wednesday's hearing. "I am committed to earning your confidence back."


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