Newt calls BS on Mueller: Ken Starr used the word ‘guilty’ against Bill Clinton 11 times

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Newt Gingrich called out the hysteria of Democrats and slammed a statement from Robert Mueller who wrote a “convoluted” and “complex” report that never concluded that President Trump was guilty of anything.

The former Speaker of the House criticized the special counsel who made a rare public statement Wednesday morning, saying on Fox News that Mueller would be better off accepting that “it’s over. Go home, relax.”

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During his brief news conference, Mueller reiterated findings in his report that there was not enough evidence to indict Trump.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said referring to the obstruction of justice probe of the president. “We did not determine whether the president did commit a crime.”

But Gingrich criticized Mueller’s remarks and dismissed Democrats’ renewed determination to impeach Trump in the wake of Wednesday’s press conference, citing Independent Counsel Ken Starr in his argument.

“He used the word ‘guilty’ 11 times, six of them were obstruction of justice,” Gingrich said on Fox News Wednesday following the news conference and referring to the investigation Starr led into members of the Clinton administration.

“It wasn’t complicated. He didn’t say we have to indict him, He just said ‘you asked me to report, here’s my report,'” he said. “If Mueller used the word ‘guilty’ once,  we’d have been in a different world.”

In his report and his brief statement to reporters, Mueller never said Trump is guilty of anything, whereas Starr “said unequivocally that Clinton was guilty on 11 counts,” Gingrich contended, adding that “that’s a major difference of where we are today.”

He accused Mueller and former FBI chief James Comey of “trying to have it both ways.”

“Both Comey and Mueller are trying to have it both ways,” Gingrich said. “They’d like to be statesmen. They’d like for everybody to respect them.”

“In Mueller’s case, he had two full years, he had a huge team, they wrote a report. Now, if they can’t get their report right, I don’t know why they’re coming back later to tell us what it is they wish they might have said,” Gingrich argued.

“In Comey’s case, I think he’s scared to death of what Attorney General Barr’s doing and the fact that a lot of stuff’s going to become public that’s going to make Comey’s directorship look really, really bad.”

On the issue of “insufficient evidence of Russian collusion,” Gingrich gave a mocking reply.

“Oh, give me a break. They interviewed 500 people. They spent millions and millions of dollars…if they didn’t find it, what are they complaining about?” he asked. “In the absence of proof in America, you are innocent. Therefore, by definition, President Trump is innocent.”

On Mueller’s comments that there was not an “option” to charge Trump with a crime, Gingrich said the special counsel had “every right to render a judgement without demanding an indictment.”

“Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” Mueller had explained, adding that “it would be unfair to accuse someone of a crime when there could be no court resolution of the charge.”

Gingrich reiterated his conclusions on Twitter Wednesday, pointing out that despite a two-year opportunity to do so, Mueller did not find Trump guilty of anything.

“He failed in a massive report. Case closed,” Gingrich tweeted.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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