Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich opined on Sunday that President Donald Trump has a “compulsion” to react when he is attacked. Saying on ABC's "This Week" that the president is "pugnacious," Gingrich said that the Chief Executive's instincts don’t “serve him well.” Gingrich said, for example, that Trump was mistaken to tweet a response to a report in The Washington Post of last week that claimed anonymous sources said Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has undertaken an investigation of the president for possible obstruction of justice in firing former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump tweeted that the investigation is a “witch hunt.” Gingrich said, “Trump has a compulsion to counterattack, and is very pugnacious.” He added, “I don’t think it serves him well. I don’t think that tweet helped him.”
Apparently sympathizing with the president, Gingrich said Trump “is infuriated, and legitimately, in my judgment, by this whole Russian baloney.” Gingrich told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.
Attorney Jay Sekulow, who is providing private counsel to Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Trump “is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.” Commenters say that Sekulow seemed to change his stance during an interview on "Fox News Sunday.” There he said that Trump “is being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination.” Then Sekulow told host Chris Wallace that Trump “is not being investigated.”