After former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress in which he admitted that Trump was not under an investigation, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich doesn’t see the point of having special counsel. Gingrich made these comments during a recent interview.
Gingrich Flip-Flops on Mueller
When the special counsel was first appointed, Gingrich and other conservatives praised him for his integrity. On May 18, Gingrich tweeted that the lawman was a “superb choice to be special counsel.”
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
However, on Sunday, he flip-flopped on the issue. Gingrich said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that Mueller is compromised by the ousted FBI chief’s testimony. Comey told Congress that he instructed a friend to leak a damning memo to the press to convince Washington that a special counsel was badly needed.
But, Gingrich isn’t the only one yesterday the alt-right publication “The Gateway Pundit” called for Mueller to be fired.
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 12, 2017
Additionally, alt-right “journalist” associated with the infamous Alex Jones also called for Mueller to be fired.
Mueller is corrupt, working for DNC and deep state. The American people will not respect his findings. He must be fired.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 13, 2017
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 12, 2017
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) June 13, 2017
The Republican told Catsimatidis that Congress should step in and fire the independent counsel who, in his opinion, is “the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the FBI director leaking to the New York Times”.
It’s very sick,
A day later, he questioned Mueller’s integrity and called for a scrutiny of his new aides’ political donations. According to Bloomberg, Mueller assembled a special team which includes fraud expert from the DOJ Andrew Weissman and Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben.
Gingrich Blasts Republicans for Being ‘Delusional’
This week, Gingrich called his fellow party members “delusional” on Twitter if they think Mueller and his assistants would be fair. In a second tweet, he explained that he changed his mind on the lawman because he has been hiring only “partisans”.
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter joined the chorus, claiming that the moment Comey admitted that he had reassured Trump he was not under an investigation is the moment when a special counsel became unnecessary. Coulter too had praised Mueller when he was nominated.
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