Former Speaker of the House and longtime Trump supporter Newt Gingrich on Tuesday called for an “independent person” to lead the White House’s efforts to examine communication between Trump affiliates and Russia.
Ties between Trump, his campaign, and advisers and Russia have been a hot topic since last summer and have continued to gained steam after Trump’s inauguration, particularly in light of revelations of contacts between Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Russia’s ambassador.
Responding to a question on Fox News’s ‘Fox and Friends,’ Gingrich said “Well, on that particular topic, they ought to take a lesson from the past, from Ronald Reagan and others.”
Gingrich said that the independent outsider should seriously examine the matter and “coordinate” the administration’s response to the issue.
“Find a very smart, independent person, maybe somebody like Michael Mukasey, the former [Bush] Attorney General, put them in charge of the whole project and say, you know, there are questions here, the country has questions, the media has questions, even members of Congress have questions,” Gingrich added.
“You better have one person who coordinates the administration on that topic, because it is the kind of thing that can grow … The earlier they have a central person directing their efforts, the less problem it will be, the faster it will go away,” he continued.
Calls for an investigation have grown in recent weeks, even among GOP lawmakers. California Rep. Darrel Issa last week said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from the matter.
“We are going to ask the Intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within these special areas,” he said in an interview with HBO’s Bill Maher, adding “You cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions, who are on the campaign and who is an appointee. You are going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office.”