Gingrich on Russia Probe: ‘Somebody, Somewhere is Going to be Convicted of Something’
WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) compared the Russia investigation to the Salem witch trials on Friday and suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller expand his probe to cover Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Gingrich also said the president of the United States technically “cannot obstruct justice.” However, he warned Trump to be “very careful” after offering to testify under oath in the probe, emphasizing that criminal law is much different than New York real estate law, with which Trump is most familiar as a businessman.
In an interview with PJM, Gingrich predicted that “somebody, somewhere is going to be convicted of something” and it “probably almost certainly won’t be Trump.”
He also advised Trump to take a break from tweeting his thoughts about the investigation and post “positive tweets” on his account.
“Look at the whole Russian fantasy. What happened election night was the Democrats said Hillary can’t have lost and certainly Donald Trump can’t have won, so somebody cheated. Putin cheated. You realize this is all Putin’s fault? And that means there must have been collusion. You realize they must have colluded? So far the last six months everybody on the left is walking around chanting ‘watch for the Russian connection. Watch for the Russian connection. Look for the collusion,’” Gingrich said during a discussion about his new book, Understanding Trump, at the National Press Club.
“It turns out, even Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee, says there is zero evidence of collusion. So now the newest one is, ‘ah, but there was obstruction of justice over the collusion.’ So, the fantasy that didn’t occur is now being replaced with – well, technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice. 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,” he added. Feinstein was the vice-chairwoman on Intelligence in the last Congress and is currently the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee.
The 2012 Republican presidential candidate continued, “If John F. Kennedy had fired J. Edgar Hoover over investigating the wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr., the people would have thought there was obstruction.”
Gingrich said Mueller would likely not be able to find any collusion or obstruction so he is going to examine finances. Gingrich told the audience Mueller is qualified to lead the investigation but he’s surrounding himself with the wrong people.
“He is surrounding himself with a corrupt group of people who are going to engage in a witch hunt,” Gingrich said, comparing the investigation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. “It’s about the witchcraft trials in the late 17th Century in Salem, and actually that’s the mentality of the left right now. The left right now is engaged in the Salem witchcraft process. We know somebody is evil. We know somebody is bad. I wonder who we should burn at the stake? Maybe it’s you, whoever you are.”