Newt Gingrich says Trump has a 'compulsion to counterattack'

Newt Gingrich stepped up his fierce defense of Donald Trump on Sunday by suggesting that former FBI Director James Comey may be part of a federal probe - not the president. "What you have lived through for 2 1/2 years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction of justice, coverup and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in American history, and the time has come to say to the president, 'Quit undermining the law in the United States. Look for the collusion, '" Gingrich said during a discussion about his new book, Understanding Trump, at the National Press Club.

Gingrich's comments immediately sparked brushback on social media, where politics observers were quick to note that the former Georgia congressman had voted to impeach Clinton on articles that included a charge of obstructing justice.

He pushed back on the idea that we should forget about left versus right in this moment of grief.

Gingrich reversed course from a month ago, when he tweeted praise of Mueller, calling him "a superb choice" to head the Russian Federation investigation.

Following Comey's testimony last week, when he alluded to the Mueller investigation that already likely included a probe into obstruction of justice, a number of Trump's top conservative boosters began pointing out flaws they saw in Mueller and his investigation. "I don't think that tweet helped him", Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week". On December 19 at 1:56PM, Gingrich voted to impeach President Clinton for obstruction of justice. He then referenced the Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and said, "that's the mentality of the left right now". "Maybe it's you, whoever you are, '" Gingrich said. "I know what I saw", Goldberg said.

Trump seemingly admitted he was under investigation for obstruction of justice - though his attorneys deny this - when he tweeted Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director..." His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity.

Gingrich has also attacked Robert Mueller, the special counsel who leading the FBI investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Russian meddling in the 2016 election: "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

Newt Gingrich took to Twitter early Thursday, and his words were straight to the point.

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