Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Gingrich: 'As a Historian I Don't Believe' Trump Investigations Are 'Random Behavior'


Yesterday, Trump himself confirmed that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice for firing FBI director James Comey, after asking him to "lay off" the investigation into former adviser Michael Flynn's Russian ties.

Gingrich said that as president, Trump was well within his authority to fire the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When Mueller was first hired by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in mid-May, after the initial firestorm surrounding Trump's abrupt firing of Comey, Gingrich expressed support, tweeting that Mueller's "reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity".

But the former GOP House Speaker added, Trump "is infuriated - and legitimately, in my judgment - by this whole Russian baloney".

"'By the way, I know you said I needed to spend eighty million but I've only spent thirty million. I don't think it serves him well".

Gingrich continued: "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". Nobody on Capitol Hill has any proof that I did anything with the Russians.

Mueller has reportedly for the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and plans to hire more. While he repeatedly said it wasn't his place to say whether Trump's actions amounted to an obstruction of justice - an impeachable offense - he said he's "sure" that Mueller would investigate if they did.

"I think he's furious", Gingrich said of the president.

"Trump has a compulsion to counterattack, and is very pugnacious", Gingrich, a strong ally of Trump, told ABC News' This Week Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz in an exclusive interview Sunday.

Gingrich, speaking on Fox News' "Outnumbered", offered his prayers to those injured and promptly lumped the violent incident in with what he called a broader trend coming from those opposed to President Donald Trump.

Asked whether Trump was confirming the existence of an investigation into himself using the tweet, Gingrich replied: "I have no idea what he thought he was doing". I know you disagree but I don't care.

Gingrich reversed course from a month ago, when he tweeted praise of Mueller, calling him "a superb choice" to head the Russian Federation investigation. "He's been a fighter his whole life".

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