Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took to social media on Sunday to remark on the location special counsel Robert Mueller has selected for a grand jury, saying it would be heavily biased against President Donald Trump.
Gingrich noted in a tweet the percentage of votes Trump received in Washington, D.C., where Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s alleged election interference, impaneled a grand jury, compared to neighboring West Virginia.
President Trump got 68.63% in West Virginia, 4.8% in Washingtoin DC. Guess where Mueller has a grand jury? Guess how biased it will be?
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) August 6, 2017
Gingrich, who recently called Mueller “the deep state at its very worst,” isn’t alone in noting the unfavorable tilt for Trump, with famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz saying pretty much the same thing.
“It gives the prosecutor the power to indict in the District of Columbia, which is a district that is heavily Democratic, and would have a jury pool very unfavorable to Trump and the Trump administration,” Dershowitz said on WABC Radio radio. “So it gives the prosecutor a tremendous tactical advantage.”
Dershowitz went on to point out that the demographic largely consists of Democrats and racial minorities.
“The District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump administration, so I see the significance not so much that he impaneled the grand jury — you have to impanel the grand jury to get subpoena power — but where he impaneled it,” he said.
Gingrich’s tweet prompted a parade of replies from the Blue Check crowd, beginning with NBC’s Chuck Todd… all quick to take the argument apart:
Such a cynical tweet on so many levels. Apparently all justice is partisan? If that's what you believe, the Republic is already doomed https://t.co/7czVkM7A76
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) August 6, 2017
I missed the statute requiring grand juries to locate in cities where investigated politicians or staff are most popular. https://t.co/LVggn46oiW
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 6, 2017
Newt, is this sparkling legal analysis your way of auditioning to be appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York? https://t.co/d5P70OM8ED
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 6, 2017
— Carol Costello (@CarolC) August 6, 2017
…with New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff likening President Trump and his supporters to murderers:
Your honor, I move that this murder trial be adjourned until we can assemble a jury of 12 murderers https://t.co/scMdgTPfNB
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 6, 2017
But New York Magazine’s Jerry Saltz easily one-upped that analysis with an inane offering calling Trump a “white-nationalist nativist master” — try saying that three times in a row!
How ‘s that for media bias against this president?
You great twit! You're really that shameless just to finally be given a job by your white-nationalist nativist master? Such bad daddy issues https://t.co/nD4nDSP8xm
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) August 6, 2017
And leave to the small, petty-minded progressive zealot Keith Olbermann to obsess over a typo in Gingrich’s tweet:
The inherent failure of Newt's life (he got Clinton impeached; Clinton stayed/Newt got fired) is summarized in the misspelling "Washingtoin" https://t.co/VZPr0zIy69
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 6, 2017