Scarborough: Gingrich 'sliming' Mueller, an 'American hero'

Scarborough: Gingrich 'sliming' Mueller, an 'American hero'
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MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough, Brzezinski honor Cummings as 'true patriot fighting for justice and truth' MSNBC's Scarborough hits back at Trump: 'History will be kind' to Romney MSNBC signs Alicia Menendez as weekend anchor MORE tore into former House Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) on Thursday after he attacked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE as a dubious investigator bent on attacking President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE

In a stream of tweets, Scarborough accused Gingrich of "sliming an American hero" and fanning anti-government conspiracy theories by floating the notion that Mueller is a part of the so-called deep state.

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Gingrich's trashing of Mueller early Thursday morning followed a Washington Post report that the former FBI director, who is charged with leading the law enforcement investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, was expanding his probe to include possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

In his postings, Gingrich accused Mueller of running his investigation with the intent of "destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency."

Trump himself appeared to smear Mueller and the investigation on Thursday, writing in his own tweet that the probe was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

In fact, Mueller has been widely praised by both Democrats and Republicans, who view him as an impartial and reliable law enforcement official and investigator. He was appointed as special counsel to lead the Russia probe last month after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey.