Gingrich Says Trump Was Forced To Fire FBI Director Over Election Interference

President Trump “had no choice” in his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, Newt Gingrich argued Tuesday.

According to Newsmax, the former speaker of the House claimed on Fox News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein forced Trump to make the move. Rosenstein sent the White House a letter indicating that he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended Comey’s dismissal. Democrats accused the president of letting the director go because of the bureau’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and the possible collusion of the Trump campaign.

“What I would say to Democrats is, if the president of the United States gets a letter like that from a career professional who you just voted for, how could he do anything else except accept the letter?” Gingrich said. “(Rosenstein) cites attorney general after attorney general from both parties saying this is exactly wrong, and Comey, in fact, violated the rules of the Justice Department, the principles of the FBI, and he is not capable of rebuilding the FBI. I think President Trump frankly had no choice at that point.”

Trump claimed he fired Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. However, the president’s critics in the news media accused him of trying to derail investigations of his links to Russia. Comey’s dismissal was a “grotesque abuse of power,” according to CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. He compared the action with those of President Nixon, who fired the special prosecutor who was looking into the Watergate scandal in 1973. “This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,” Toobin said. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went even further, citing a “little whiff of fascism” in the air.

Gingrich, in defense of Trump, claimed that the president won an “honest” election. The comment appeared to be a rejection of the allegation that Russian operatives affected the outcome of the race. The FBI and a pair of congressional committees are trying to pinpoint the Russians’ activities, and determine whether the Trump campaign conspired with Vladimir Putin to defeat Clinton.

“Does anybody seriously believe that a 30-year career veteran of the Justice Department showed up (to) protect Trump from the Russia investigation?” Gingrich asked on Fox News.

Source: NewsMax
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