Former Speaker of the House Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) backed up President Donald Trump’s claim that the probe into his 2016 presidential campaign was a “set-up” and that former President Barack Obama knew about it.
During an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Gingrich defended the president’s claims, saying “this whole episode” was “close to insane” and it was unlikely that Obama did not know about the tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton “the week that the FBI [was] going to interview his wife for potential felony charges.”
The former House Speaker pointed out that Obama “is a really smart guy” but that he was also “sort of a control freak,” and that it was “virtually impossible” that he “didn’t know about” the FISA warrant used to investigate then-candidate Trump’s campaign.
“Now, Barack Obama is a really smart guy. He was also sort of a control freak. You think the FBI said ‘oh we’re going to go get a FISA warrant — a foreign intelligence warrant — in order to investigate an American presidential campaign,’ and nobody thought to mention [it] to the incumbent president? […]
“Obama’s really, really smart and I think it’s very unlikely, virtually impossible, that all this stuff went on and he wasn’t in some way informed.”
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Gingrich’s comments came after Trump proclaimed that he believed Obama knew about the investigation into his presidential campaign.
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump recently asserted in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopolous that the investigation into the alleged conspiracy between his 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government to win the White House was a “set-up” that Obama “certainly” knew about.
“There was no crime. There’s no collusion. It was a setup, in my opinion,” said the president. “And I think it’s going to come out. I hope it’s going to come out — we’re going to find out very soon.”
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not establish a conspiracy to collude between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to take the election in his famous report but left the door open on whether or not the president obstructed justice.