Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that "this whole thing stinks" regarding the Russia investigation, simply because special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey are friends.
"Under the Justice Department's rules, Mueller has his own obligation to recuse himself with anything involving Comey," Gingrich, the former Republican Georgia congressman, told Sean Hannity on Fox News. "This makes you wonder why would you pick a close friend that involves Comey?
"This whole thing stinks."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Mueller to head the Russia probe a week after Comey's notes about his private conversations with President Donald Trump were leaked by a friend at the Columbia Law School to The New York Times.
Mueller also once headed the FBI.