Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Saturday that he and other allies of President Donald Trump are “prepared for war” as special counsel Robert Mueller plans to write up his findings on the Russia investigation by the end of the summer.
“It’ll be a moment that polarizes the country, exposing just how divided the country is about this investigation and who’s on the other side,” Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman who was speaker from 1995 to 1999, told The Washington Post.
Mueller is expected to complete his report by then, the Post reported Saturday, and Trump’s personal attorneys are deliberating how to rebut the findings.
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, told the Post that he would use the report from the Justice Department’s inspector general slamming the FBI that was released Thursday to demand a new special counsel.
“We want to see if we can have the investigation and special counsel declared illegal and unauthorized,” he said.
Trump has yet to sit for an interview with Mueller’s prosecutors — and Giuliani said Thursday they would decide whether to do so by July 4.
“If we can decide by July 4 if we’re going to do an interview, they can do it within two or three weeks of that,” the former New York City mayor told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“Write their report, and then we move onto fighting it out,” Giuliani added. “If we don’t do an interview, they can decide if they want to fight us on it or just do their report.”