Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday slammed special counsel Robert Mueller's hiring of 13 more lawyers to expand his Russia probe, suggesting they're Democratic donors whose bias will poison the investigation.
In an interview with ABC News' "This Week," the Georgia Republican, a staunch supporter of the president, railed at the 97 percent of election donations from the Department of Justice that went to Hillary Clinton.
"These aren't applicants — he's recruiting," Gingrich said of Mueller's hiring spree. "You tell me why the first four names that came up — I don't know about the next nine — the first four are people that gave to Democrats. One of them is a person who defended the Clinton Foundation."
Gingrich also made reference to a reported lopsided presidential election donation record at the Justice Department.
According to an analysis by The Hill last October, Department of Justice employees gave $286,797 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, compared with $8,756 that DOJ employees donated to the Trump campaign.
"In an environment with a Justice Department where 97 percent of the donations last year went to Hillary — 97 percent — explain to me why I should relax as a Republican," he said.
Gingrich said he thinks Trump at this point is "furious."
"I think Trump sits there and says, 'let me get this straight. I know I didn't do anything with the Russians,'" he said.
"'Comey has said three times I didn't do anything with the Russians. Nobody on Capitol Hill has any proof that I did anything with the Russians. And now I get an independent counsel. Now they're talking about obstruction, going and looking at financial files.'
"I said yesterday, you have two more leaks like this, [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein is going to have to appoint a special counsel to investigate a special counsel."
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