Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich went after Democrats on Fox News on Thursday, slamming their subpoena efforts against President Donald Trump as digging “through the family basement” and “investigating baloney.”
While giving an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Gingrich — the former Georgia representative who served as House speaker from 1995 to 1999 — compared special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to former independent counsel Ken Starr’s report on former President Bill Clinton.
He then blasted the Democrats’ multiple subpoenas of the president as being “purely on a partisan basis”:
“It’s one thing to say — and people tend to forget this — when Ken Starr reported on Bill Clinton, he found him ‘guilty,’ used the word ‘guilty,’ on 11 different charges. It’s a totally different thing to have somebody do two years of investigation, come back, and say, ‘There’s no proof, there’s no criminality.’ And then suddenly have, on a purely partisan basis, the Democrats jump up and hunt for new things to start fighting over.”
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“There’s no grounds as a private citizen for pre-presidential candidate Trump to have to give them all this stuff,” Gingrich added.
The former speaker then torched the Democrats as “dig[ging] through the family basement until [they] find something” and called on the country to “decide in 2020” on who they want in the White House.
“Let the country decide in 2020,” he said. “Do you want real growth, lowest black unemployment, lowest Latino unemployment, a real chance to fix health care, or do you want this kind of investigating baloney?”
Gingrich’s comments come the week following the release of the redacted version of Mueller’s report to the public.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a subpoena on Monday to bring in former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in front of his committee.