Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” that the FBI is in “open rebellion” against the president of the United States. Slamming a release by FBI Director Christopher Wray that the agency has "grave reservations" about the release of a Republican memo that gives evidence of the abuse of power and federal law, Gingrich said on Thursday, "If you want an example of the deep state, you apparently had the head of the FBI go to the White House with the deputy attorney general, make his case to the White House, his superiors in the executive branch and get turned down." When Wray put out the release, Gingrich told Fox News that "in effect, it's an open rebellion."
Gingrich said that FBI Director Wray attacked President Trump “for what the president has apparently decided to do, because he didn't listen to the head of the FBI." Gingrich added, "This is a level of bureaucratic deep state resistance that when you're dealing with the FBI and the Justice Department, it is a threat to the civil liberty of every American if they go rogue."
Noting the FBI’s history of prying into the lives of Americans, he said that the FBI should be reminded that it is not "above the law" and should not quarrel with the president publicly. He said that there has clearly been “a violation of the Constitution."
The memo was drafted by House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). While its contents are not yet public, Republicans who have read it claim that it shows that high-level officials in the FBI and Department of Justice had political motivations in pursuing an investigation of Trump’s political organization. There are rumors that the memo details how the FBI may have used an uncorroborated report prepared by British spy Christopher Steele at the behest of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on a Trump aide during the election year.
The memo is now with the White House. President Trump has signaled that he is willing to make it public. According to Gingrich, once the public sees the memo, "the elite media will quit covering everything else." Gingrich said he believes that the memo will reveal “very sobering” evidence about illegal practices by elements of the federal government during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Concerning the memo, Gingrich said that "the real collusion was in the federal bureaucracy, not in the Kremlin." He went on to claim, "And that's why I think that they're trying to cover it up." Gingrich said, "Because the case here is very simple: Did the [FBI] use tainted campaign material apparently paid for by the [Hillary] Clinton campaign as an excuse to a federal judge to have wiretaps on Americans during a campaign?"
America's secret police
In December, author James Bovard wrote in an article at The Hill, titled, “Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police,” that as far back as 1924 that the American Civil Liberties Union had warned that the agency had become “a secret police system of a political character.” In 1945, Bovard wrote, President Harry S Truman said, “We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.” Bovard also noted that FBI Director Hoover kept a list of 20,000 “potentially or actually dangerous” Americans who could be imprisoned in any one of six secret federal detention camps built in the 1950s.
Civil rights advocates and libertarians have long criticized the FBI for excesses. In 2011, for example, the ACLU and the Council on American Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three Muslim plaintiffs. The lawsuit claimed that the FBI under then-Director Robert Mueller violated the 1st Amendment rights of hundreds of Muslims by illegally monitoring mosques in Southern California solely on the basis of religion.