In a Tuesday appearance on Fox News, Newt Gingrich said that he believed former President Barack Obama and some of his top officials — including Valerie Jarrett — were involved in spying on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate, also said some people — like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — were “in danger of going to jail.”
Gingrich was appearing on Laura Ingraham’s show after a busy week in terms of revelations regarding the surveillance done on the campaign, which was apparently carried out in an attempt to find out if there were contacts with Russian officials.
An article in Axios revealed that Peter Navarro, one of Trump’s top economic advisers, recommended the hiring of suspected FBI informant Stefan Halper.
Meanwhile, the timeline, regarding the FBI informant that met with a Trump campaign official, began to shift, and Clapper appeared on “The View” to defend the actions of American intelligence.
To Gingrich, however, the path led all the way back to Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett.
“Presently, someone will figure out to ask what did Valerie Jarrett know and when did she know it?” Gingrich said. “What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it? Because what you’re seeing happen is, on every single level — and this is what happens with really big scandals — they keep on folding and they keep on folding and they keep on folding.
“So we’re now supposed to believe that the director of national intelligence was lying to us, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency was lying to us, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was lying to us, the number two person at the FBI was lying to us, the attorney general was lying to us — because she was meeting Bill Clinton on an airplane in private to talk about their grandchildren.”
“I mean, at what point do you just say, give me a break?” he continued. “All of this, I believe, was being coordinated by Obama and by Valerie Jarrett and by the White House. … Look, I don’t believe if you look at the total number of things going on, I don’t believe in an administration that was as tightly centralized as the Obama administration, you could have had as many different things going on — all of them illegal — without the president having been briefed.”
As for Clapper’s appearance on “The View” — in which he confirmed the operations but refused to call them spying — Gingrich was unimpressed.
“I am astounded how bad he looks now. I’m astounded how dishonest and incompetent he looks,” Gingrich told Ingraham.
“I think what happened was people like Clapper and the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency — all these guys thought they could get away with this because Hillary was going to win. And when Hillary won, the fix would be in, everything would be covered up.”
“Around 10 o’clock on election night, they all began to realize this could get really bad,” Gingrich added. “And they were shifting gears from protecting Hillary — which had been their job for two years — to trying to destroy Trump. Now you’re 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?’ Clapper’s a perfect example,” he said.
Will this all happen? We’ll certainly see.
One thing’s for sure, though — the fiction that Trump wasn’t spied on by the Obama administration simply doesn’t hold water anymore.
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