Newt Gingrich is one of the few Republicans defending Donald Trump. In an appearance Sunday on This Week with Martha Raddatz, he asked why Robert Mueller’s first four team members were lawyers who hid evidence and defended the Clinton Foundation against the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA]. Mueller has hired 13 lawyers so far. These people want to send people to jail. Some will go to jail.
His main concern is that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a friend of Jim Comey’s, potentially one of the witnesses.
Raddatz wanted to know why he’s done a complete turn-around on Mueller whom he had praised when he was first appointed.
RADDATZ: Let’s talk about Bob Mueller. You have done a complete 180 on Bob Mueller. You heard what Pierre just said about Bob Mueller, highly respected man. In May you said he was a superb choice for special counsel with an impeccable reputation for honesty. Less than a month later, you say he won’t be fair.
GINGRICH: Well, because, frankly, I switch, and I have no problem with Bob Mueller as a person. But I have a problem with how he’s — what he’s doing. I, frankly, began to switch the minute Comey, in his remarkable public statement, says, I deliberately leaked to a college professor to leak to The New York Times for the purpose of getting a special counsel.
OK, now the special counsel happens to be a close friend of Comey, which is weird, because under Justice Department rules, Mueller can’t investigate Comey.
Gingrich brought up the obstruction case against Arthur Anderson by Michael Dreeban, one of Muller’s first choices. Dreeban’s questionable legal tactics were harshly criticized by Professor Jonathan Turley and explained by Bloomberg News.
Gingrich also brought up the fact that the prosecutors might have been guilty of misconduct.
Prosecutors apparently broke the rules by failing to disclose evidence they uncovered that might have been favorable to Skilling — so-called Brady Evidence. They also invented avenues of attack and ended up expanding the definition of intent and claimed they knew what he was thinking.
GINGRICH: Comey may be under investigation. If you have an obstruction case, Comey has got to be one of the major witnesses. So then I look at who Mueller — so I’m now curious. So I then look at who Mueller has hired. One of the lawyers he brought in has such a record of hiding evidence from the defense, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that when that lawyer participated in destroying Arthur Andersen, 85,000 jobs, that it wasn’t a crime.
But he hid the evidence. He hid the evidence in Enron and four people who were innocent spent a year in jail.
Now you bring in head-hunters like that, the first four people he brought in, one was a person who had defended the Clinton Foundation against Freedom of Information Act.
The Sentinel board wants to know why Gingrich seems to be the only Republican out presenting facts in favor of Donald Trump.