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Newt Gingrich: Mueller just made a fatal mistake

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has made a “fatal mistake” in his investigation, according to Newt Gingrich.

The former House Speaker declared “we are at the end of the failed investigation,” in an op-ed published by Fox News on Monday.

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In fact, Gingrich thinks it’s time for investigators to “just close shop and write their final report.”

“There is now no excuse for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ask to interview President Trump,” he wrote, citing am article published Saturday in The New York Times titled, “White House Counsel, Don McGahn, Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry.”

In at least 30 hours of interviews between the Mueller team and the White House Counsel, McGahn said that “he never saw Mr. Trump go beyond his legal authorities.”

Gingrich writes:

Accepting such a thorough and detailed briefing from the White House Counsel will ultimately hurt the efforts of Mueller’s team of left-wing Democratic lawyers.

McGahn is a very widely-respected lawyer, who thoroughly understands the difference between legal and illegal behavior – and he was in the room for virtually all of President Trump’s activities.

It couldn’t be more clear: The Trump White House was comfortable talking for 30 hours with a pack of high-powered, very tough-minded investigators, because the president has done nothing wrong.

 

Gingrich slammed the special counsel for conducting “an aggressive, one-sided, and increasingly irresponsible, investigation,” noting several steps by Mueller “down the road of abusive aggressiveness.”

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One of these, Gingrich argued, was the fact that Mueller hired a “completely partisan team of mostly Democrat attorneys.” The special counsel also found “accusations that had nothing to do with the election, the Russians, or a question of collusion,” citing the “outrageous abuse” of Paul Manafort as an example.

“Again, it is an effort to intimidate and coerce,” Gingrich wrote.

“Mueller also understands that every person he goes after has to hire lawyers, spend their lifetime savings, and potentially end up deeply in debt to simply protect themselves from government lawyers who could potentially put them in prison,” he added.

McGahn’s 30 hours of testimony have shown there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians and no evidence that the president engaged in illegal obstruction of justice, Gingrich asserted.

“Saturday’s New York Times story should be the end of the story,” he concluded. “Mueller should write his report to Congress and return to his retirement.”

Frieda Powers

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