Scarborough rips Gingrich, Hannity for attacking Mueller

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough lashed out at former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Fox News host Sean Hannity early Thursday for attacking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

Scarborough called Gingrich's attack "contemptible."

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"For Newt Gingrich to shame himself, for Newt Gingrich to disgrace himself, for Newt Gingrich to humiliate himself, for Newt Gingrich to lay waste to his legacy by comparing a Vietnam War hero, who's dedicated his entire life to protecting the U.S. Constitution for Americans, to compare Bob Mueller to Joseph Stalin, the most evil man of the 20th century? Shows you how contemptible Newt Gingrich is as a man," Scarborough said on air. 

Gingrich during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday compared FBI searches of the homes and offices of associates of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE to tactics used by former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin or the Gestapo, the secret police in Nazi Germany.

Scarborough on Thursday also blasted Hannity, calling him a "desperate, desperate man" who is "desperately defending a desperate, desperate president." 

"The fact that other people are entertained by trashing a hero in Vietnam, by trashing a man that's guided America through 9/11, a man that's dedicated his entire life to protecting Americans at home and abroad is beneath contempt, and it shows how desperate they all are," Scarborough said.

Hannity took aim at Mueller on the Wednesday night airing of his Fox News show, describing "deep state crime families" working to take down Trump. 

Trump himself promoted that segment on Twitter earlier Wednesday, writing, "Big show tonight on @seanhannity!"

Mueller is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

Trump has ripped that investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt."

Speculation that Trump could move to fire Mueller was reignited on Monday after FBI agents executed a raid on the hotel room, home and office of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney. That search infuriated the president, who called it a "disgrace" and an "attack on our country."

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump sought in December to fire Mueller.