(CNSNews.com) – The investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller “has so many conflicts of interests it’s almost an absurdity,” former House Speaker and Trump supporter Newt Gingrich told Fox New’s Hannity Thursday night.
Gingrich noted that Mueller is hiring "anti-Trump lawyers" who donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and one even worked for the Clinton Foundation.
It’s hard to understand why he would assemble such a team unless it was a deliberate effort to go after the president and the president's team. I don't understand why the House and Senate Judiciary Committees aren’t investigating a lot of this stuff.
The point you made about leaks is a perfectly good example. The leaks have to be coming from inside Mueller's team. So who’s leaking? Why is nothing being done about it? Why are people not being fired? I think it's very reasonable to say that this is a very dangerous witch hunt that Mueller keeps expanding because he can't find anything in the original charge.
He's not going to find anything about Trump and Russia, and yet he's hired all these guys who have given up their very expensive law services to come out and try to get somebody. And they're going to eventually find somebody to prosecute because there are too many lawyers being paid too much money for them to go home having accomplished nothing.
Bloomberg news reported on Thursday that Mueller has expanded his Trump-Russia probe to include "a broad range of transactions involving Trump's businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe."
That "person" told Bloomberg that investigators are looking into Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008.
On Friday, both The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that aides to President Trump are looking for information that would force the recusal of Mueller’s investigators or even justify Trump firing Mueller.
“The plan includes scrutinizing their past clients, donations to Democratic candidates and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with the fired F.B.I. director James B. Comey,” the New York Times said.
The Washington Post reported that Trump “has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members, and even himself.”
In his long interview with The New York Times, published Thursday, President Trump several times mentioned “conflicts” he has observed, including one involving Mueller, who interviewed with Trump for the position of FBI director the day before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him as special counsel.
“Talk about conflicts?” Trump told the newspaper. “There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.”
Trump also called it a conflict of interest for Rosenstein to be involved in the firing of James Comey – and then appoint Mueller as special counsel, especially when Comey – through a friend -- leaked information to the press in the hopes of getting a special counsel appointed.
“Why isn't Comey in the process of being investigated?” Gingrich asked Thursday night.
Appearing on "Fox & Friends" Friday, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway said "people should know" what the Mueller team's political motivations might be:
"These were signifcant significant donations by members of that team. They clearly wanted the other person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them one way or the other in the investigation remains to be seen. But it is relevant information for people to have."
Conway noted that the purpose of Mueller's investigation is Russian interference in the election. "So where is this going? And are Americans comfortable with that, with the taxpayer funding this, with this going off of all types of chutes and ladders?"
Conway said that Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrats on the House and Senate intellligence committees, have been on TV more than they've been in the actual committee hearings, which have stalled, she said.
"I mean literally Adam Schiff walks around with a cutout of the Capitol above his head," she said, referring to his many interviews on cable television.