Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested Sunday that the special counsel appointed to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump is more interested in taking down the president than determining the truth.
He based this inference on a recent report indicating that a number of the attorneys hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to aid him in his investigation are longtime Democrat supporters.
“You tell me why the first four names that came up, I don’t know about the next nine, the first four names are all people who gave to Democrats,” he told ABC’s “This Week” host Martha Raddatz. “Two of them are people with a record of hiding evidence from the defense. And one of them is a person who defended the Clinton Foundation.”
“Now in this environment with a Justice Department where 97 percent of the donations last year went to Hillary, 97 percent,” he continued, “explain to me why I should relax as a Republican.”
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He echoed the same sentiment during an interview last Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, though his concern at the time rested mainly with former FBI Director James Comey.
Gingrich pointed out that Mueller is a longtime workplace friend of Comey, whose purposeful leaking of a memo he wrote after a conversation with the president in February was what triggered a special counsel in the first place.
Asked by Ingraham whether Comey and Mueller’s friendship would allow for a fair investigation, Gingrich replied, “I think that is impossible; this will be a witch hunt.”
He made clear Sunday though that he has “no problem with Bob Mueller as a person” but rather with “what he’s doing.”
He also reiterated the fact that zero evidence has yet surfaced proving any of the allegations against the president and his campaign team, despite a months-long blitz by the media and so-called “deep state” intelligence official.
“(A)fter six months of looking, there is no evidence that Trump’s involved,” he said, adding that “there’s (only) talk about what they could (have done).”
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