Gingrich calls for 'independent' coordinator on Trump-Russia ties

Newt Gingrich, a longtime supporter of President Trump, on Tuesday called for an "independent person" to lead White House efforts examining the alleged communication between Trump's campaign team and various Russian officials.

"Well, on that particular topic, they ought to take a lesson from the past, from Ronald Reagan and others," the Georgia Republican and former House Speaker said during an interview with "Fox and Friends."

Gingrich said the independent outsider should seriously examine the matter and "coordinate" the administration's efforts in response to the controversy.

"Find a very smart, independent person, maybe somebody like Michael Mukasey, the former [Bush era] attorney general, put them in charge of the whole project and say, you know, there are questions here, the country has questions, the media has questions, even members of Congress have questions," Gingrich said.

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"You better have one person who coordinates the administration on that topic, because it is the kind of thing that can grow. … The earlier they have a central person directing their efforts, the less problem it will be, the faster it will go away," he added.

Some GOP lawmakers have voiced support for an investigation into the alleged Russia connection, which earlier this month led to the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) last week seemed to suggest that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Graham: Trump’s new AG has ‘concerns’ about criminal justice bill Kentucky shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes MORE should recuse himself from any future probes relating to the matter. 

"We are going to ask the Intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within these special areas," the former Oversight Committee chairman said during an interview with Bill Maher.

"You cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You are going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office," he added.