Gingrich: 'Most Sobering Political Scandal in American History'

By Susan Jones | May 22, 2018 | 7:54 AM EDT

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is author of the book, "Trump's America." (Photo: Screen capture/Fox News)

(CNSNews.com) - Reports that the FBI sent a confidential source to speak with Trump campaign advisers has the president demanding an investigation into "whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes," as he tweeted on Sunday.

The Justice Department's inspector general now plans to look into that possibility, and that's a good thing, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night:

Well, I think it's rapidly becoming the biggest and most sobering political scandal in American history. Somebody pointed out earlier, back when J. Edgar Hoover was spying at Lyndon Johnson's behest on Richard Nixon, we thought it was terrible. Back when they had a break in at Watergate, we thought it was terrible.

 

This is a multi-year effort that has two different fronts. People need to always remember that. One front was protecting, propping up, covering up for Bill and Hillary Clinton. The other front, as Trump became more and more serious, the other front was to stop Trump at any cost.

Now, I believe that the reason you see people like (former Deputy Attorney General) Sally Yates go berserk, you see (former CIA Director) John Brennan go berserk, you see (former Director of National Intelligence) General (James) Clapper go berserk -- they're all guilty. When you see somebody in the Obama team who gets that rattled and is that angry -- what you know is they're scared to death that they're going to get drawn into all this, and their role is going to come out and it will involve, I think, felonies and frankly, I suspect it reaches to President Obama.

It's inconceivable that President Obama could have had this many things going on and not known it, because his administration was very controlling and very tight, and I think we're going to discover all of the stuff, in the end, ends up with the Obama White House and has the president and his senior staff's fingerprints all over it.

Gingrich said the main thing for Americans to understand is that "the corruption was so deep at the top."

"And again, remember, we're not taking about the everyday FBI agent doing their job. We're talking about people at the top. And those people were so corrupt and so arrogant that they thought they could get away with anything. So they just proceeded down the road, protecting Hillary, covering up Hillary, giving immunity to people who are breaking the law and then going after Trump and going after Trump supporters.

Gingrich said it may take a year and a half for all of the details to come out. “Every time we turn around, as you know, another piece unravels.”

The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel, also appearing on Hannity's show Monday night, said the Justice Department "leaked all of these details" about the FBI's informant to "friendly news media sources" just so "they could get ahead of this and spin it the way they wanted to, because they knew the noose was tightening."

It is worth remembering that on her last day in office, as President Trump was being inaugurated at the Capitol, President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice wrote a memo to herself, to remind herself about a meeting that had taken place more than two weeks earlier, on January 5, 2017:

She wrote:

“On January 5, following a briefing by IC (intelligence community) leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.”

(Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham noted that the Jan. 5 meeting “reportedly included a discussion of the Steele dossier and the FBI’s investigation of its claims.)

Rice’s email continued:

“President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities ‘by the book’. The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.

"From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia."

(Grassley and Graham noted that the next part of Rice’s email was classified.)

After that, Rice wrote:

“The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”

Grassley and Graham sent a list of questions to Rice, telling her that despite her claim that Obama wanted Comey to proceed “by the book,” “substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed ‘by the book.’”

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