Newt Gingrich: Trump has a 'compulsion to counterattack'

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on Tuesday's The View where he was grilled by the panel on Comey, the media and Trump.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, one of President Donald Trump's top allies, went after special counsel Robert Mueller in a Thursday morning tweetstorm, calling the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director "the tip of the deep state spear aimed at" Trump.

'Everybody on the left has been walking around town chanting, "watch for the Russian connection, watch for the Russian connection, look for the collusion",' Gingrich said.

"I didn't think at the moment he was going to win".

See more of Newt Gingrich's interview on ABC's This Week below. Nobody on Capitol Hill has any proof that I did anything with the Russians.

Trump has also voiced his frustration regarding the Mueller probe, repeatedly calling it a "witch hunt" in a series of tweets last week.

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"I, frankly, began to switch the minute Comey, in his remarkable public statement, says, I deliberately leaked to a college professor to leak to The New York Times for the objective of getting a special counsel", Gingrich said.

Gingrich reversed course from a month ago, when he tweeted praise of Mueller, calling him "a superb choice" to head the Russian Federation investigation.

"I think he's furious", Gingrich said of the president. In any case, the argument that Trump's actions don't amount to obstruction in no way requires Gingrich's argument that no president could ever commit obstruction. I mean, now they're talking about not the Russians, they're talking about obstruction.

Some may think that Joe Scarborough's castigation of Gingrich is uncalled for, but Gingrich's conspiracy theory pandering does not jibe with his public remarks (via Twitter) just after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel by the Department of Justice.

Trump seemingly admitted he was under investigation for obstruction of justice - though his attorneys deny this - when he tweeted Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director..."

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Trump's attorney said about the reports in a statement. "He's been a fighter his whole life".

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