Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted the Obama administration for the latest revelations of spying on the Trump campaign and predicted former intelligence officials could be going to jail.
“I don’t believe that in an administration that was as tightly centralized as the Obama administration that you could have as many different things going on – all of them illegal – without the president being briefed,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Tuesday.
Discussing several bombshell reports over the last few days including that of an FBI informant who allegedly had contacts with members of President Trump’s campaign, Gingrich noted how Obama hacks worked at keeping information hidden from the American public.
Gingrich reacted to a video clip of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who appeared on ABC’s “The View” saying he didn’t lie under oath and didn’t like using the term “spying.”
Gingrich admitted he was “astounded at how bad he looks now” and how the man he has known for years now looks so “dishonest and incompetent.”
“He was a great public servant for many, many years,” he told Ingraham. “But when the director — former director of intelligence tells you he doesn’t like to use the word ‘spying’… I mean think about it. He was the Director of National Intelligence! What do you think he was in charge of doing?!? He was in charge of spying!”
These actions were committed under Obama’s watch, Gingrich pointed out, with the confidence that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election.
“I think what happened was people like Clapper and the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency [John Brennan], all these guys thought they could get away with this because Hillary [Clinton] was gonna win and when Hillary won the fix would be in, everything will be covered up,” he said.
“And around 10 o’clock on election night, they all began to realize this could get really bad and they were shifting gears from protecting Hillary, which had been their job for two years, to trying to destroy Trump,” he continued.
“Now you are watching people who, I think, in every case are in danger of going to jail if the system works and people are actually tested on, ‘Did you tell the truth under oath?’ And then Clapper’s a perfect example,” Gingrich said.
Following another clip of Clapper denying he lied because he was “thinking about something else,” Gingrich said he hoped Trump’s former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller in December, was watching.
“I hope General Flynn is prepared to go back” and use the “Clapper defense,” Gingrich said.
“Whatever you thought I said, I didn’t mean to say and it wasn’t what I said. I don’t know why you thought I said it because I wouldn’t have said it if I had known you thought I said it, and therefore can’t really be a problem,” Gingrich mocked. “This tells you how pathetic this is going to be.”
Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., cryptically tweeted on Monday, “You’re all going down. You know who you are. Mark my word….”
You’re all going down. You know who you are. Mark my word….
— ????????MFLYNNJR???????? (@mflynnJR) May 21, 2018
“What you are watching is a man who was a great professional who is now in a totally impossible situation,” Ginrich said of Clapper. “To get off television desperately trying to explain and defend the indefensible.”