Gingrich: Trump ‘mishandled’ Rosenstein memo on Comey
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE on Sunday for “mishandling” the release of Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinOnly courts can rein in 'King Rosenstein' Five things to know about Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official under fire from Trump Preet Bharara: ‘God bless the Deep State’ if it’s people who care about the law MORE’s memo outlining the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyOvernight Defense: Pentagon says Trump canceled parade before cost briefing | Erik Prince renews push for contractors to run Afghan war | More officials join outcry over security clearances Trump faces mounting legal pressure on three fronts Trump indicates he's leaning against Mueller sit-down MORE.

"First of all, I urge everybody to read the original Rosenstein memo about Comey, which Trump totally mishandled," Gingrich said during a panel on "Fox News Sunday,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Gingrich said Trump should have released the memo “in a state of shock.”

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“Let the country, through Sunday talk shows, deal with the memo. It's devastating. It's clear that if you got that memo and you're the president, you would have fired Comey,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich was referring to the three-page memo that Rosenstein wrote in May 2017 after Trump announced he had fired Comey, entitled “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI.”

Rosenstein wrote that he "cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken."

Gingrich, a vocal Trump ally, has ripped Rosenstein and the FBI, as well as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE and his ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Last week, Gingrich called Mueller’s probe a “breakdown” of the U.S. Constitution.