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Newt: FBI Corruption Would Have 'Gotten Bigger' Under Hillary

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By    |   Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:28 AM

If Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, "the corruption would have gotten bigger" within the FBI, and it would not have been revealed, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed Thursday.

"I think, first of all, that we now know that had Hillary won, the corruption would have gotten bigger," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," while discussing revelations that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had exchanged more than 10,000 emails between each other, according to a Fox News report, and that some of them were against President Donald Trump.

Strzok, a top FBI counterintelligence agent, had been working on special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia-Trump activities during the 2016 election, but was reassigned to the FBI's human resources division after the anti-Trump messages were discovered between himself and Page, with whom he was having an affair.

Page had also been on Mueller's team briefly, but returned to the FBI, notes Fox News.

"We have never learned any of this," said Gingrich. "I think it's pretty appalling. The level of corruption we're beginning to see in the FBI."

Gingrich continued that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also should be recusing himself from the probe, because his wife had received "hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations as a Democratic candidate."

"It's clear that Mueller was bringing in people who are aggressive Democratic donors as the lawyers, several of whom have very bad reputations for overreaching as prosecutors," Gingrich continued.

"I originally thought Mueller might be an honest and reasonable man. But the more I watched who they were hiring, how they were organizing, what they are doing, and ask yourself this simple question: How can Miller's assistants all have lied? The key assistants clearly lied to the FBI."

However, he continued, former national security adviser Michael Flynn ended up pleading guilty to lying to FBI officials.

"The difference in approach to Clinton corruption, which gets a pass, and General Flynn is, I think, a sign of how sick the system is," said Gingrich.

Gingrich also discussed President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Pope Francis' objections to the action.

"I think you have two extraordinarily strong historic personalities in Pope Francis and in President Trump," said Gingrich, whose wife, Calista, is the ambassador to the Vatican. "I know that the Vatican would like to have a good relationship. Sometimes they have deep disagreements. This is one of those times."

However, the Pope does believe it's important to keep Jerusalem separate from politics, as the center of Judaism and Christianity, as well as the third-most important city in Islam, said Gingrich.

"The president, looking at the right of Israel to name its own capital, disagrees with that," said Gingrich. "This is honest legitimate disagreement. These things are going to happen on occasion.

"And what you have to do is decide that the larger relationship is worth preserving, even though you agree to have a strong disagreement about this particular issue. "

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If Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, "the corruption would have gotten bigger" within the FBI, and it would not have been revealed, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed Thursday.
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