Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Newt Gingrich says Trump has a 'compulsion to counterattack'

"He couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, I think that's a mistake to pretend that this is some neutral investigation". "If you have an obstruction case, Comey's gotta be one of the major witnesses", Gingrich told ABC's Martha Raddatz on "This Week".

During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's legal team, insisted the president "is not under investigation", despite the Washington Post's anonymously sourced allegations and Trump's Friday tweet in which he said, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

In less than a month, Mueller went from "superb choice" as special counsel to the "tip of the deep state spear" going after President Donald Trump.

He said that a series of events have taught people that thinking of President Trump, and by extension the Republican Party, in violent terms is okay. In 1998, Gingrich voted for an impeachment article that charged Clinton with obstruction. I don't think they're going to get the president, but they're going to get somebody, and they're going to get him for something.

"'Comey has said three times I didn't do anything with the Russians".

The deep state Gingrich references, by the way, is the idea recently espoused by the White House and Trump supporters, that an entrenched and usually anonymous class of bureaucrats has made it their new life's work to undermine Trump. Reports have indicated Mueller is looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

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Gingrich blamed his flip-flop on Comey's testimony to Congress that he leaked a memo about his private conversation with Trump in effort to spark the appointment of a special counsel. "OK, now the special counsel happens to be a close friend of Comey, which is weird".

The US President appears to have acknowledged he's part of the probe over alleged Russian interference in the election. "His lawyer wants to take down Bob Mueller. They're essentially engaging in a scorched earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor".

Such tweets aren't helping, Gingrich said.

"He called me because I've been very clear about the fact that Mueller, hiring 4 Democrats, the attorneys are all Democrats, one of them worked for The Clinton Foundation", said Speaker Gingrich.

"I didn't think at the moment he was going to win".

Gingrich reversed course from a month ago, when he tweeted praise of Mueller, calling him "a superb choice" to head the Russian Federation investigation. "But it's nearly like - it's who he's been his whole life". I mean, he's been a fighter his whole life.

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