Newt Gingrich: Trump has a 'compulsion to counterattack'

Saturday on Fox News Channel's "Justice", former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called for special counsel Robert Mueller to "recuse himself" from the Russian collusion investigation because of his close relationship with former FBI Director Jim Comey.

Gingrich also said the president of the United States technically "cannot obstruct justice". "And when I watch these paid hacks on television, to be quite honest, I am sickened by how unpatriotically they undermine the Constitution of the United States on behalf of their client". "If he wants to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, all he's got to do is fire him".

Gingrich's statement brought a flood of comments on Twitter that obstruction of justice was part of the impeachment proceedings he led against former President Bill Clinton.

He pushed back on the idea that we should forget about left versus right in this moment of grief. "Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted.

"I think it's incredible, if you look at the - for example, CNN's 93 percent negative coverage according to Harvard, 93 percent negative, I think it's a miracle that Trump has any approval", the former speaker said.

"Comey may be under investigation".

Gingrich says that the "the mentality of the left right now" is reminiscent of Arthur Miller's book The Crucible. "I feel kind of bad, '" Gingrich said Trump admitted later.

"'Comey has said three times I didn't do anything with the Russians".

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed Gingrich's concerns about Mueller and the lawyers he has been appointing to the probe who have donated to Democratic candidates over the years. 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 can not obstruct justice. "Maybe it's you, whoever you are",' Gingrich said.

Gingrich was referring to a tweet by Trump on Friday that appeared to confirm that the president is under investigation in the Russian Federation probe.

'His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity, ' Gingrich tweeted on May 17. 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 NY real estate law, with which Trump is most familiar as a businessman.

'Media should now calm down'.



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