Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told Fox News on Friday that “somebody” will likely go to jail following the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling, but said it won’t be President Trump.
“They’re going to get somebody. I don’t think they’re going to get the president, but they’re going to get somebody, and they’re going to get him for something. And they’re probably going to go to jail,” Gingrich told Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
The former Republican Speaker likened the mood at the FBI to an old Western film.
“This is like watching an old-fashioned Western movie. This is an Indian hunting party,” Gingrich said. “They’re out looking for a couple scalps, and they’re not going to go home until they get some.”
On Wednesday, it was reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had expanded his investigation to include whether Trump had obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey last month. Trump called the investigation a “witch hunt” and his allies attacked Mueller in the media.
Mueller has reportedly hired 13 lawyers for the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and plans to hire more.
Gingrich on Friday said Mueller had hired too many “high-powered” lawyers to go home “without a scalp.”
“The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” Trump’s attorney said about the reports in a statement.
Trump on Friday evening promoted Hannity’s program by sharing a tweet touting the conservative host’s monologue and the appearance by Gingrich blasting the special counsel.