Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday condemned the “crazy,” “corrupt,” and “anti-Republican” top leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusations which, in part, appear to be a byproduct of the Igor Danchenko trial.
He also suggested that the federal law enforcement agency could be decentralized into smaller entities and implied that the incoming GOP-controlled Congress needs to metaphorically operate like the new sheriff in town.
(Video: Fox News)
The case brought by Special Counsel John Durham against Danchenko is expected to go to a federal jury in northern Virginia on Monday. The defendant, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with four counts of making false statements to the FBI.
Danchenko is allegedly a key player in the notorious and debunked Steele dossier that played a significant role in prompting the hoax about Trump-Russia collusion, i.e., Russiagate, that was a major roadblock for President Trump’s America First agenda. It also caused severe hardship for many people in the Trump orbit.
In a conversation with “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday, Gingrich emphasized the bigger picture in the video clip embedded above, for which you can review and draw your own conclusions.
“I don’t know what will happen in a jury trial like that, but I think it’s very clear from the evidence that’s been unearthed that the FBI at the very top had gone crazy. They were doing things…how can you go out and actively try to undermine the president of the United States the way they did? Just as they went out to protect Hillary Clinton, and they’ve gone out to protect Hunter Biden,” Gingrich declared.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 12, 2022
“This is the most corrupt FBI leadership in American history. And there’s gonna have to be a commission or something to look at it, and potentially it’s going to have to be broken up into two or three different agencies. This is really serious stuff because these guys have the power to put you in jail. So it’s not politics. This is the criminal justice system, and it was clearly perverted by the last two FBI directors,” he asserted.
President Trump nominated Christopher Wray in June 2017 to replace James Comey for the statutory 10-year term.
It may turn out that Wray was one of Trump’s most lackluster hires; if there is a second Trump administration, the president will obviously avoid relying on the GOP establishment to screen key appointees.
Gingrich, 79, insisted that FBI misconduct was in play during the Bush/Cheney administration in the controversy surrounding White House official Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
“You can go back all the way to the investigation which I think illegally put Dick Cheney’s aide in jail when he was totally innocent. And when they knew he was innocent. They knew who actually leaked the CIA agent’s name; it was the number-two guy at the State Department. They told him to keep his mouth shut, and they went after Scooter to try to flip him…against Cheney. And that’s, I think, under [Robert] Mueller, so you have to say that there’s been a tradition here of senior FBI leadership being anti-Republican, anti-conservative, and corrupt, doing things that are clearly totally dishonest,” Gingrich recalled.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 15, 2022
President Trump pardoned Libby in April 2018.
Kilmeade then chimed in that “The conviction almost doesn’t matter. Exposing what Sussmann did, and exposing what Danchenko was up to, really tells the story.”
On May 31, a liberal D.C. jury acquitted former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI.
“Well, I think that’s been a very important investigation, and I think the new Republican Congress is gonna use this as a baseline to really seriously dig into what’s gone wrong and why is the FBI so sick,” Newt Gingrich concluded the Fox News discussion.
It remains to be seen if yet another committee, however, will provide meaningful results.
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