House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has done "exactly the right thing" by not leaping straight to calls for impeaching President Donald Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the author of the upcoming novel "Collusion," said Monday.
"I think she's done exactly the right thing," Gingrich told "CBS This Morning," basing his opinion on when he was office during President Bill Clinton's impeachment and also on the Watergate proceedings before that.
"I think, based on my experience and the Watergate experience . . . we got a report from Ken Starr that said Clinton was guilty on 11 counts," Gingrich said. "If Mueller had reported that Trump was guilty, you'd be in a different world. But even with our case, the country ultimately listened to the arguments, and they said 'no' and they refused to convict."
He added Pelosi is trying to tell House Democrats to maximize their political advantage rather than going into an "ambush."
Gingrich said he also does not think Trump will quit arguing about the Mueller report and Democrats as he "likes to counterpunch."
"I think he gets up in the morning and something triggers him to say 'oh, yeah, I'm really mad about this,'" he said. However, he discounted The Washington Post analysis accusing Trump of lying more than 10,000 times since becoming president.
"Trump is a businessman," he said. "He's not a politician. He's not going to get up and say I'm going to verify everything. That's not who he is."
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