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Gingrich Demands Jail Time And Treason Charges For Those Who Leaked Information

Government staffers who give reporters information harmful to the Trump administration are traitors, according to Newt Gingrich.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives declared this week that “people should go to jail.” Fox News noted that John Kelly, the Homeland Security Department Secretary, recently made the same comment. Gingrich said the leakers are “frenzied” in their opposition to the White House.

The ex-speaker defended Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who met in December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Kushner is under fire for asking the envoy to set up a secret, “back-channel” line of communication between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Gingrich argued that the request was not improper. He said President Dwight Eisenhower used the same method of communication to work with India to end the Korean War in the 1950s, and that President John F. Kennedy established a back channel with Russia to resolve the Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960s. “(That) may have saved us from nuclear war,” the Georgia Republican claimed.

Trump faces a “dilemma” in deciding how to deal with the Kushner policy because he always puts his “family first,” CNN reported. Since the administration took office in January, political pundits have suggested that Ivanka Trump’s husband was the least likely member of the White House staff to be fired. Kushner is known as the “secretary of everything” because of his multiple responsibilities, which range from Middle East peace to opioid addiction.

The Washington Post broke the news about Kushner’s talks with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who also had conversations with other Trump campaign officials during the 2016 presidential race. The FBI revealed it had “investigative interest” in the request for a back channel. According to Reuters, Kushner contacted Kislyak at least three times. The New York Times reported that he also met last year with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a Kremlin-controlled bank.

The Daily Mail pointed out that Kushner is not a “target” of the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere with the election. The adviser has said he is willing to appear before congressional committees that are holding hearings concerning the scandal.

“Jared is doing a great job for the country. I have total confidence in him,” Trump said Sunday night in an interview with the Times. Other news outlets, quoting unidentified White House sources, reported that Kushner and his wife were “laying low” in hopes that the controversy would subside soon. One of the sources told CNN that the adviser “has a strong team around him working on every part of his portfolio.”

Trump is struggling to shift the focus to his legislative agenda. He used Twitter this week to urge the Senate to pass the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act and tax-reform legislation. The AHCA, which the House recently approved on a party-line vote, calls for major changes in Obamacare. Another problem for the administration is reported infighting among top Trump aides. Kushner and White House strategist have long been at odds, according to many reports.

Source: Fox News Insider
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