Trump fanboy Newt Gingrich seems to love making the rounds of the television circuits, defending his lord, savior and hero and making bizarre claims that have zero basis in reality. One of those claims is that the president of the U.S. can’t actually obstruct justice, despite the fact that he voted to impeach Bill Clinton over that very crime. But yesterday, he went on television and made possibly one of the most evidence-free claims about the Russia investigation yet.
On ABC’s “This Week,” with Martha Raddatz, he said that fired FBI Director James Comey is likely one of the major witnesses in the obstruction of justice case against Trump, which is probably true. However, Gingrich didn’t really put it that way. He said:
Comey may be under investigation. If you have an obstruction case, Comey’s gotta be one of the major witnesses…
…We start over here on Russia, well they don’t have anything on Russia, but maybe there was obstruction, we may not get anything on obstruction, but maybe there’s going to be perjury. I mean, you go down the list, and we’ve been here before.”
How willfully ignorant do you have to be to say something like this? We do have something on Russia and there’s a strong case for obstruction of justice facing Donald Trump. But then, Gingrich makes another bizarre statement that no rational person would see as something that casts doubt on Comey’s credibility:
We watched Comey appoint Patrick Fitzgerald, who was the godfather to Comey’s children, and Fitzgerald knew there was no crime.”
Gingrich is referring to when Comey had been the deputy attorney general for all of three weeks, and he appointed Patrick Fitzgerald as special counsel on the CIA leak case. That case is the one in which Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, lied to absolutely everyone there is about who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Fitzgerald was able to get Libby convicted of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI about this. How Gingrich can believe that Fitzgerald knew there was no crime there is beyond us. All of those are crimes, as is leaking the identity of a CIA operative, and Fitzgerald must have had sufficient evidence to pursue the investigation to that conclusion rather than declaring it closed for lack of evidence.
Go home, Newt. You are ridiculous.
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