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Gingrich calls Mueller investigation 'breakdown' of constitutional law

Gingrich calls Mueller investigation 'breakdown' of constitutional law

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) ripped the office of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE in an interview on Sunday, calling the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia a "breakdown" of the U.S. Constitution.

In an interview with AM 970 in New York, the staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE pointed to former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination Jennifer Palmieri: 'Ever since I was aware of politics, I wanted to be in politics' Cruz: Wife 'pretty pissed' about leaked Cancun texts MORE's email investigation as evidence of a double standard that Gingrich said Americans are sick of seeing.

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"What’s really striking to me is, you have Hillary Clinton erase 33,000 emails. You have her staff deeply involved. Do any of them get visited at 3 in the morning? Do any of them lose their lawyer-client privilege? No. It is so one-sided," Gingrich said, referring to the FBI's recent raid on the offices of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who is the subject of a criminal probe.

"This is why we have a Bill of Rights," Gingrich added. "I think what we’re watching is a breakdown of the whole concept of constitutional rule of law. I think it’s really very sobering, and a real threat to every American.“

Trump and his allies have claimed that Monday's raid on Cohen's offices violated attorney-client privilege despite Justice Department regulations stating that an attorney's offices can be searched if the attorney is under suspicion of crimes.

Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance law violations. He has not been charged with any crimes yet, and has denied the accusations against him.

Gingrich, however, says the Justice Department is guilty of wrongdoing and that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE, who authorized the raid on Cohen's offices, is trying to cover up for the agency.

"The person to focus on is Rod Rosenstein and why is he blocking all the stuff?" Gingrich asked. "I think Rosenstein, who is a career Justice Department guy, I think he’s trying to protect the department from huge embarrassment."

"They’re going to come out. People are not going to let them hide," he added.