Gingrich Questions Special Counsel's Impartiality - "Republicans Are Delusional...Look Who He Is Hiring"

Since his appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has enjoyed fairly bipartisan praise in Washington D.C. for his apparent impartiality. 

That said, Newt Gingrich, a former 'informal advisor' to President Trump, thinks that Comey cast a dark shadow over Mueller's independence last week when he admitted under oath, before the Senate Intelligence Committee, that he leaked FBI documents to the New York Times with the express intent of getting a Special Counsel appointed to investigate Trump and various members of his campaign team.  All of which prompted the following tweet from Gingrich early this morning:

"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."

As The Hill notes, several of Mueller's early, notable hires have all been contributors to Hillary's and/or Obama's previous campaigns.

Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.

 

Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.

 

Jeannie Rhee, another member of Mueller’s team, donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign PAC Hillary for America.

 

Andrew Weissmann, who serves in a top post within the Justice Department’s fraud practice, is the most senior lawyer on the special counsel team, Bloomberg reported. He served as the FBI’s general counsel and the assistant director to Mueller when the special counsel was FBI director.

 

Before he worked at the FBI or Justice Department, Weissman worked at the law firm Jenner & Block LLP, during which he donated six times to political action committees for Obama in 2008 for a total of $4,700.

 

James Quarles, who served as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, has donated to over a dozen Democratic PACs since the late 1980s. He was also identified by the Washington Post as a member of Mueller's team.

 

Starting in 1987, Quarles donated to Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis’s presidential PAC, Dukakis for President. Since then, he has also contributed in 1999 to Sen. Al Gore’s run for the presidency, then-Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid in 2005, Obama’s presidential PAC in 2008 and 2012, and Clinton’s presidential pac Hillary for America in 2016.

This latest Twitter warning followed similar comments made by Gingrich over the weekend on Fox News.  Among other things, the former Speaker of the House said that Mueller's investigation is shaping up to be a "witch hunt."

"First of all, look at what Comey said.  Comey said 'I deliberately leaked, through an intermediary, to create this counsel'...who happens to be one of his closest friends.  And look at who Mueller is starting to hire.  I mean these are people that frankly look to me like they're setting up to go after Trump.  Including people, by the way, who have been reprimanded for hiding from the defense information in two major cases."

 

"I think this is going to be a witch hunt.  Comey himself, by his own testimony, tainted this particular process."

 

"You know, the Director of the FBI deliberately leaking in order to create a special counsel, who we're now supposed to believe is going to be this neutral figure, I think that's just nonsense."

 

Meanwhile, appearing on the John Catsimatidis radio show, Gingrich went one step further and called on Congress to "abolish the independent counsel."

"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."

Of course, as a former surrogate of the Trump campaign, Gingrich's opinions on the topic of Mueller's independence will undoubtedly be quickly dismissed by the left and most of the media.

So what say you, does Gingrich raise valid concerns in light of Comey's testimony or is he just a conflicted surrogate attempting to mount a Trump offensive?

Comments

jackstraw001 Troll Magnet Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:14 Permalink

This issue could very well be the tipping point. Most of us have chosen sides already and the left's dystopian 1984-like approach to the "truth" is going to push enough sane, logical, right-minded citizens to start fighting back -- literally. We've seen too much of this willful ignorance of truth and laughable double standards the past several years, between Hitlery's emails, climate change, IRS, Fast and Furious, Black Lives Matter, Seth Rich, etc, etc, etc. that the normal, everyday Joe is going to conclude that his only recourse is with the business end of a Glock. You can only push us so far until we start shooting back.

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GUS100CORRINA NidStyles Tue, 06/13/2017 - 01:14 Permalink

Gingrich Questions Special Counsel's Impartiality - "Republicans Are Delusional...Look Who He Is Hiring"My response: We are dealing with a PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL ELEMENT that is CORRUPT beyond belief. They are willing to spare no expense using OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY to DESTROY AMERICA. We indeed maybe heading toward a CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS of epic proportions.DEPRESSING!!!!GET RID OF THE SPECIAL PROSECUTER ASAP!!! It is time to end this charade.

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jimmy12345 Troll Magnet Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:53 Permalink

"Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down" New Gringrich May 17 2017.   If Trump fires Muler he is obviously guilty of something.   Now the right wing is just attempting to justify a President destroying the seperation of powers because Trump is guilty and he wants to become a king.   How easily the Right will tear up the constitution when they think it benefits them.

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Dre4dwolf Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:51 Permalink

The left need to stack the deck just to compete.The left could bring a formula one car to a horse race and still lose, pathetic party full of self serving corruptocrats 

homebody Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

It's time for Joe average with the support of the military, Oath Keepers, Tea Party, Rolling Thunder, ... to clean house for Trump.  It is obvious that Congress does not have the will or the balls to do the job.Get out there and protest every RINO and Liberal Judge.   Boot out all that refuse to follow the Constitution.

captain-nemo Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:57 Permalink

Nobody demands that these people ever recuses themselves, and talking about recusal : Here is a theory which in my view better explains why Sessions recused himself.If we are to believe Comey, Sessions had been meeting with or talking with Comey on the telephone (in secret) a couple of weeks before he publically recused himself. It seems likely that Comey (during this conversations somehow) pressured Sessions, and thus Sessions already at this point more or less promised Comey that he would officially recuse himself. He also promised Comey not to tell Trump about his decission, because that would of course caused Sessions NOT to recuse himself. Has Comey and the FBI been cooperating with Sessions (in secret) ever since?  Was Sessions Comey's minion?

Chickinkpen captain-nemo Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:07 Permalink

Sessions insists that he recused himself solely becasue of his relationship to the Trump campaign.  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/09/sessions-fires-back-at-comey… . Also, "Comey also had testified that he was “not aware” of any memorandum sent to the FBI on behalf of the DOJ providing information as to why Sessions recused himself."  But there was an email informing about the recusal, so Comey is either forgetful, lying, or suffers from dissociative identity disorder.  

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Korprit_Phlunkie Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:58 Permalink

I want to wakee up tomorrow and find that TRUMP fired Mueller and Sessions won't testify. Send the demon rats over the edge all the way. SHut er down!Let all the protestors line up in the streets and let the religion of peace mow them down in rental vans and "stab" them with machetes.

AKKadian Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:59 Permalink

Its the keep Hillary out of prison special council. Because if Hillary goes down, they all go down and they know Hillary is a snitch with the goods. Filthy leaches.!!!

Overleveraged_… Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:12 Permalink

It Doesn't Matter. Mueller can get who ever he wants on his team. The fact is they have nothing on Trump. If there actually was collusion with Russia it would have surfaced one way or another by now. Trump has won every fight he has taken on since July of 2015. The man does not lose. Everyone who's gone up against him, blamed him, doubted him, short sold him has LOST.This is because Trump has made special deals with the Deep State. He is continuing the legacy of high warfare spending and allowing the continuation of Wall Streets self regulation. He is still, above all else, a Military Industrial/Wall Street President. In fact, he will prove to be the TRUE Stock Market King instead of Obama, but that is a topic for another thread.This is all fanfare and showcase while business goes on as usual. If Democrats truly want to unleash fury on Trump they will make a stand on the upcoming debt ceiling. However, Democrats have no balls and suck from the borrowing tit just as much as anyone else.So when Mueller fails, what exactly is the next plan??? 

Giant Meteor Overleveraged_… Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:22 Permalink

Whatever the deep state does or doesn't have on the don, is immaterial. if they want him gone, and it sure seems that way, he'll be gone, one way or another ..What I find interesting, to my way of thinking, there is plenty that the deep state could go with beyond the absurdity of "Russians" , and Comey. The trouble is, most all these selfsame assholes would then, they themselves be implicated, that is to say, with any "honest" approach involving funny money, loan deals, corruption, bribery, malfeasance a plus ..The entire "political system" like the entire "financial system" and virtually every other "system" is totally FUBAR ... 

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Thom Paine Overleveraged_… Tue, 06/13/2017 - 01:39 Permalink

Mueller can concoct any charge that he likes, that is in his power. And thus drag Trump through the courts.He could say his conversation was obstruction of justice and recommend charges and so forth.There is nothing to stop mueller brining up any charge that he wants. This is why he has engaged that expert laywer on these things, the english language makes it possible to say this and that about any situation.

  • Sessions should fire Mueller, he is the AG, on the basis of Comey's testimony, that there is no case, and that the FBI investigation continue as usual.

The Dems, Left and MSM can whine as much as they like, it will the same shit anyway, so no loss. Meanwhile the Dems have no purpose, policy or direction.

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herbivore Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:16 Permalink

I believe Sessions is weak and ineffective. I believe Trump is poorly advised or else he isn't heeding the good advice he's getting, which I would assume is coming from Bannon. I think Trump was ready to let bygones be bygones and not investigate any of the Ruling Class, but they were having none of it. The Deep State plays hardball and somehow Trump still fails to grasp that fact. It's an exclusive club, President Trump, and you're not in it. Either you surround yourself with well-meaning people who want to help drain the swamp, or the swamp is going to flush you down the drain. It's a binary choice and there's not much time left.

Peacefulwarrior herbivore Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:38 Permalink

Sessions is made of Teflon and upholds the law. He is a perfect cat for this job. What Trump may lack in his IQ is easily made up for in willpower. With friends such Ichan etc he know he needs tributaries into a deep state thought process in order to exact his agenda. He is a negotiator that hates to lose at probably a sociopathic level. He does not want lame or duck on his resume

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TeethVillage88s herbivore Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:23 Permalink

Trump Advisors have tried to remold Trump into a Hillary, Bill, or Obama... to do and say things he normally would not.

Like Russia Sanctions.

USA is not Growing. Russia Sanctions don't work on Russia. Russia seems to have no debt. German Businesses, Balkan Businesses, Greeks, Poles are hurt by Russia Sanctions.

Blah, Blah... I know we are an Empire, Neocons control the narrative, DINOs support Drone Killing and War, Russia is the Target.

- Trump can't use Wealthy in his cabinet since they are all corrupt, like Plutonium

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mary mary Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:18 Permalink

Just shut him down.  He works for Congress, right?  And Republicans have a majority in both houses of Congress?  So shut him down.  Or admit that you aren't really Republicans, you're just a bunch of overpaid globalist shills pretending to be Republicans.

DarthVaderMentor Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:32 Permalink

Unfortunately, Newt Gingrich is delusional. The GOP on Capitol Hill is mostly against Trump. They are GOP RINOs. globalist centralists and those corrupted by big business with a few misled sprinkled into the mix. Like the Democrats, most GOP legislators have no clue of the political realignment happening in the country and throughout the West.They don't realize that they are headed to political extinction, either at the hands of the globalist socialist far left from the elites or the new Jeffersonian based movement from the lower and middle classes.

artichoke DarthVaderMentor Tue, 06/13/2017 - 02:37 Permalink

No they're right strategically.  If they let the realignment happen, we'll u nearth their corruption and drain them out anyway.  So they have to play to win here, to stop Trump. Which means we have to play harder.  Maybe it's time for Trump to benefit from some foreign surprise help.  Not sure what it will look like, but we have to crack the criminal cabal.  We cannot let a partisan special counsel drain the strength from Trump.  Instead, let's have the fight, full out.

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lester1 Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:49 Permalink

This Robert Mueller investigation is nothing but a giant scam orchestrated by the deep state to try to take down president Trump. This phony investigation needs to be shut down immediately !! Wtf is Jeff Sessions doing ????

lester1 Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:49 Permalink

This Robert Mueller investigation is nothing but a giant scam orchestrated by the deep state to try to take down president Trump. This phony investigation needs to be shut down immediately !! Wtf is Jeff Sessions doing ????

lester1 Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:50 Permalink

This Robert Mueller investigation is nothing but a giant scam orchestrated by the deep state to try to take down president Trump. This phony investigation needs to be shut down immediately !! Wtf is Jeff Sessions doing ????

captain-nemo Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:59 Permalink

sessions recusal Comey said he knew about the recusal two week ahead of the actual recusal. That means something must have been going on between those two that we don't know about. Also. Why did he tell Comey about his decision and not Trump?

captain-nemo Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:59 Permalink

sessions recusal Comey said he knew about the recusal two week ahead of the actual recusal. That means something must have been going on between those two that we don't know about. Also. Why did he tell Comey about his decision and not Trump?