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Gingrich compares FBI raid of Trump lawyer to Nazi secret police

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tore into the FBI after its raid of President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, likening agents' actions to those of the secret police during the Nazi era.

Gingrich said during an interview on Fox News that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations MORE has "not done his job" and has not supervised special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE.

"This whole thing is an absurdity. We've now had Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLegal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence MORE and his wife in their pajamas at 3 in the morning having the FBI break down the door," he said on Wednesday, referring to an FBI raid last year at the home of Trump's former campaign manager.

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"Cohen, the lawyer, had the door taken off of the hinges at 6 in the morning."

He also tore into the Justice Department and said the country is supposed to have the "rule of law." 

"It ain't the rule of law when they kick in your door at 3 in the morning and you're faced with armed men. And you have had no reason to be told you're going to have that kind of treatment," he continued.

"That's Stalin. That's the Gestapo in Germany. That shouldn't be the American FBI."

The FBI earlier this week raided the office of Cohen and seized emails, tax documents and records related to his payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement earlier this week that federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant after receiving a referral "in part" from special counsel Robert Mueller. Ryan called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” 

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Trump was reportedly enraged after the raid.

A report earlier this week said the president is considering firing Rosenstein.

Officials told CNN that Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official who reportedly personally approved the FBI raid, is Trump's most likely target.

Under DOJ regulations, Rosenstein is the only person with the power to fire Mueller, if he has cause to do so, since Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE recused himself last year.

President Trump on Thursday pushed back against a New York Times report that said he tried to fire Mueller in December, calling the story "fake news from a biased newspaper."