Gingrich: Giving Mueller This Much Power 'Is a Threat to Every American'
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday that firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a "terrible option" for President Trump that would have "bad consequences."
There has been speculation that Trump could fire Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following the FBI raid on the president's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, said the raids of his client's offices, home and hotel room were conducted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and were based at least partly on a referral from Mueller.
Gingrich, a Fox News contributor, urged people not to focus on any potential ousters but instead look at the precedence Mueller has gained.
"You could be in your bedroom at three o'clock in the morning and wake up to have armed FBI agents kicking in the door," he added, referring to the raid of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's home last July.
Why do people defend three am fbi raid on non-violent couple in their pajamas? How would YOU feel if you woke up to armed men in bedroom?
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 12, 2018
Trump on Thursday tweeted that if he wanted to terminate Mueller, he could have done so months ago.
If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
"It is a threat to every American to have this kind of power in a prosecutor," Gingrich said of Mueller.