Newt not what your country can do for you, Mr. Mueller.
Robert Mueller’s selection as Special Counsel on the Trump/Russia ordeal was initially welcomed with widespread approval from all sides of the political spectrum. Even the less than forthright, Newt Gingrich offered his public support.
Less than a month later, none other than Newt Gingrich attacked the credibility of Robert Mueller to serve as Special Counsel.
Conceivably, the President is now considering firing Mr. Mueller based upon the guidance of his long-time supporter, Mr. Gingrich. Is the President’s thoughts on firing Robert Mueller real? Or an assassination attempt aimed at the credibility of both Mueller and his ongoing investigation? Most importantly, would it be wise for the President to take advice from Newt Gingrich?
Only time will tell on whether the President’s consideration to fire Mueller is real or a ploy. But, an answer to whether Gingrich’s opinion is credible may be answered through an examination of the character of both Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Mueller.
“Those that live in glass houses should not throw stones.”
Mr. Gingrich earned most of his reputation due to his time in the US House of Representatives (1978-1999). In 1994, as part of the “Republican Revolution,” Newt Gingrich became the first Republican Speaker of the House in more than 40 years. Later, Newt Gingrich would come under fire for many ethical violations.
In 1997, An overwhelming House vote 395 to 28, approved to reprimand (and fined) Mr. Gingrich’s inappropriate use of tax-exempt funds. Concerning his misconduct, Mr. Gingrich declared, “I brought down on the people’s house a controversy which could weaken the faith people have in their government.”
Notwithstanding his own impropriety, Mr. Gingrich was among the leaders to push for Bill Clinton’s impeachment. In 1999, the failed ouster of Bill Clinton would play a factor in Mr. Gingrich resigning from both his Speaker role and his congressional seat.
Since the end of his Congressional days, Mr. Gingrich has become largely known for “co-authoring” numerous books, a failed Presidential run, and his controversial efforts to discredit his political opponents. Recently, Mr. Gingrich has pushed one of his most abhorrent conspiracies.
How do Mr. Mueller and his career compare?
In 1966, Robert Mueller graduated from Princeton University and married his college girlfriend, Ann. Later when a former lacrosse teammate of Mueller’s was killed in the Vietnam War, Mr. Mueller would decide to join the United States Marine Corps.
In fact, Mr. Mueller would become an officer with the rifle platoon for the 3rd Marine Division. During his wartime service, Mr. Mueller would earn a Bronze Star, two Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
After the end of the war, Mr. Mueller would finish his law degree and end up spending over two decades working with the US Attorney General and Department of Justice. In 2001, Mr. Mueller would be nominated as the FBI director by George W. Bush.
In a true show of bipartisan support, Mr. Mueller was confirmed by a 98-0 Senate vote. In 2004 and 2006, Mr. Mueller threatened to resign from his position due to what he deemed as either illegal or corrupt activity. His FBI tenure would be extended two additional years by President Obama.
At this point, it appears that Mr. Mueller is more ethical than Mr. Gingrich. That’s without even making mention of Mr. Gingrich’s military deferment from the Vietnam War and his personal indiscretions that pertain to his three marriages. But, it would be amiss not to allow Mr. Gingrich a rebuttal opportunity on both his deferment and personal gaffes in his own words.
In 1985, in regards to his Vietnam deferment, Mr. Gingrich said, “Given everything I believe in, a large part of me thinks I should have gone over.”
In 2011, during an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich explained his past indiscretions by saying, “There’s no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, there you have it.
Mr. Gingrich has begrudgingly admitted that his ethical violations may be wrong or that he’s a victim of partisan politics. He also assures that he partly (but a “large part”) thinks he should have served his country during a time of war. As for his past marital misconduct, Mr. Gingrich asserts as simply due to his extreme passion for America.*
*Not applicable during times of war.
After reviewing the careers of Newt Gingrich and Robert Mueller, the President would be advised to not heed moral advice from Mr. Gingrich. Instead, it seems more reasonable that questions on ethical manners should be channeled to Mr. Mueller’s office.
Closing advice for both Newt Gingrich and Robert Mueller:
Mr. Gingrich here is a reminder of the old (and earlier mentioned) saying, “Those that live in glass houses should not throw stones.” Normally, this would be sage advice. However, for you, there is an even better, more applicable, wise saying that goes, “I’m rubber, you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”
Here’s a new saying created just for you, Mr. Gingrich:
You are the glass, you are the glue, and nobody, especially the President should listen to you.
A final closing message to Mr. Robert Mueller.
From one veteran to another, “Thank you for your distinguished wartime service. It would be an honor to salute you, sir.” As an American citizen here’s my message to you, “Please continue your superior work in discovering the truth and helping to ensure that truth and justice are served for America.”
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