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Gingrich: Russian Influence-Peddling Surrounding Hillary Was 'Stunning'

(Fox News' "Fox & Friends")

By    |   Monday, 23 Oct 2017 12:34 PM

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Russian influence-peddling surrounding Hillary Clinton "stunning" in an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Monday.

Gingrich was responding to reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling into U.S. elections now includes lobbyist Tony Podesta, who is the brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager John Podesta.

Mueller started investigating the firm after probing the finances of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, according to Fox. The Podesta Group reportedly worked on a pro-Ukraine public relations effort from 2012 to 2014 that was organized by Manafort.

"In the case of Russia, I've always thought it was crazy that we're over here looking at a very minor issue about Trump — you had the Uranium One deal, you had $135 million going to the Clinton Foundation," Gingrich said. "You had Bill Clinton getting a half million dollars. You had the Podesta Group doing things that were representational, including I believe, representing a major Russian bank."

The former House speaker added that "The level of foreign money penetrating this country is very disturbing. I think that we ought to have some kind of Congressional hearings just to set the record of how many countries are trying to influence us."

He said that in addition to Russia, many countries, such as Saudi Arabia and China, "have figured out that hiring a lobbyist, giving money to a foundation, endowing a university," gives the foreign country great influence in the United States, because it essentially buys them spokesmen for themselves in this country.

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