Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took to Twitter on Monday to question the choice of Robert Mueller for special counsel in the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
“Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check [Federal Election Commission] reports. Time to rethink.”
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
Gingrich also accused former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday of manipulating the investigation in order to put special counsel in place. The former House Speaker also called for Congress to dismiss the special counsel as a result.
He told radio host John Catsimatidis,
“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… It’s very clear that Comey hates Trump.”
Gingrich’s tweet comes less than a month after he initially praised Mueller’s appointment, going so far as to call him a “superb choice.”
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the former FBI director admitted to leaking a memo to the press that detailed his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. During this meeting, Trump allegedly asked him to “let go” of his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
According to Comey, he made the decision to leak the memo in the hopes that it might spark the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to look into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.