Newt Gingrich: ‘Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel’ in Russia probe
According to a recent report by The Hill, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attacked fired FBI director James Comey on Sunday, saying Comey manipulated the probe into the Russian election interference and demanding that Congress discharged the special counsel for the investigation.
“It’s very clear that Comey hates Trump,” the former House Speaker told radio host John Catsimatidis. “Comey is clearly extraordinarily hostile to Trump.”
“I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel, because Comey makes so clear that it’s the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the FBI director leaking to the New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation. It’s very sick.”
Newt’s remarks came after Comey’s hearing past Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee where he told legislators he told an associate to give an unclassified memo of an encounter he had with President Trump to a journalist.
The memo allegedly contained information about a meeting in which Trump asked the FBI director to end the probe into his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. The former FBI chief said that by releasing the memo he hoped to alert the Department of Justice to select a special counsel to supervise the investigation into Russia.
One day after The New York Times wrote an article about the memo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected former FBI head Robert Mueller to be the special counsel supervising the Russia probe.
Marc Kasowitz, the President’s personal lawyer, blamed Comey for releasing “privileged” information about him and the President and said he should be investigated for it.