In an appearance on Fox News on Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich posed the following question about the Obama administration's justification for imposing sanctions on Russia in response to their alleged hacking of the DNC during the 2016 election: "The president didn't have this report before he applied sanctions on Russia. What was the basis of his sanctions? He had a bad morning? It was a hunch? What's going on here?"
"This is just like Benghazi. It is one more example where you have to say to yourself that there are profoundly wrong things going on, and the political appointees --I've known James Clapper for a very long time, he's a great patriot and a decent human being-- but this is an abuse of the system, the way it has been handled," he said.