Politics Newt Gingrich says Mueller's Russia probe is "rigged"

16:50  13 june  2017
16:50  13 june  2017 Source:   CBS News

Newt Gingrich claims the President can't obstruct justice

  Newt Gingrich claims the President can't obstruct justice Newt Gingrich, the confidante to President Trump who as House Speaker in the 1990s voted to impeach Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice, said Friday that the "President cannot obstruct justice." "The President of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. "The President of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. If he wants to fire the FBI director, all he has to do is fire him," Gingrich said during a brief speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich regurgitated a baseless claim on Sunday that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was assassinated after giving thousands Gingrich said he hopes that Robert Mueller , the special counsel in the Russia probe , will look into Rich’ s death.

WATCH Newt Gingrich Says Voters Should Monitor Polling Sites. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stood by Republican nominee Donald Trump' s claim that the election is being " rigged ," blaming " Former Trump adviser Carter Page eager to provide 'straight dialogue' in Russia probe .

Former House Speaker New Gingrich, a key ally to President Trump, told "CBS This Morning" that the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling of the election, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a "rigged game" for its lack of pro-Trump attorneys on the case.

While Gingrich said he would not recommend that Mr. Trump should fire Mueller, he questioned the investigation's impartiality since Mueller has so far hired four Democratic attorneys.

Newt Gingrich claims the President can't obstruct justice

  Newt Gingrich claims the President can't obstruct justice Newt Gingrich, the confidante to President Trump who as House Speaker in the 1990s voted to impeach Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice, said Friday that the "President cannot obstruct justice." "The President of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. "The President of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. If he wants to fire the FBI director, all he has to do is fire him," Gingrich said during a brief speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Republicans are fooling themselves if they believe special counsel Robert Mueller is going to be fair in the investigation into Russia ' s meddling in the 2016 presidential election . Mueller , Probe .

Robert Mueller ; Newt Gingrich (Credit: AP/Susan Walsh/John Minchillo). During his testimony, Comey said he leaked this information after his firing with the intent of triggering the appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russia investigation.

"He apparently couldn't find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that's a rigged game, and I think that it's a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation," Gingrich said.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy , a friend of the president, told PBS' host Judy Woodruff on "NewsHour" that Mr. Trump was considering "perhaps terminating the special counsel."

0613-ctm-understandingtrumpqa-gingrich-1334514-640x360.jpg© Credit: CBSNews 0613-ctm-understandingtrumpqa-gingrich-1334514-640x360.jpg When asked if he thought the attorneys were "anti-Trump", Gingrich responded, "Well all four gave money to the Democrats," and later laughed off a suggestion that they were the best attorneys Mueller could find.

"You're suggesting that in the entire country there are no Republican attorneys that Mueller might have hired," he added, "I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who could only hire Democrats but claims we ought to trust him."

White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows

  White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows A top aide to President Donald Trump suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased even as the White House worked to end a day of speculation over whether the president is considering firing the head of the Russia probe. Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the president, tweeted a report citing a Federal Election Commission report that states "Mueller's team includes big Democrat donors. Some maxed out, none wanted Trump to be POTUS." Her tweet, late Tuesday, ended a day in which the White House said the president has "no intention" of firing Mueller.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller appointed special counsel for FBI’ s Russia probe . — Newt Gingrich (@ newtgingrich ) June 12, 2017. He also attacked Mueller ’ s impartiality, saying , “I hope he’s not trying to do something for his friend.”

Time to rethink. — Newt Gingrich (@ newtgingrich ) June 12, 2017. The former House speaker questioned whether Mueller ’ s probe would be “fair,” apparently given the campaign donations made by those hired to conduct the investigation — “time to rethink,” Gingrich said .

However, Gingrich said that Mr. Trump is "actually pretty confident" in the investigation and "ultimately, he's still going to be president and this stuff is all going to go away."

Gingrich's comments mark an apparent change of heart, as he previously tweeted his overwhelming support of Mueller, once calling him a "superb choice."

Gingrich's advice to Mueller?

"Let's just have transparency," Gingrich said, "Could we have as many pro-Trump lawyers as we have anti-Trump lawyers?"

Mueller ‘won’t be surprised’ by Comey’s testimony: report .
Mueller's team has been in contact with Comey before his Senate testimony this Thursday.Mueller's team has been in contact with Comey ahead of his public remarks this Thursday, Politico reported Tuesday. The former FBI Director is expected to stick to past conversations with President Trump.

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