Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday came to Sen. Al Franken‘s defense, saying the calls for the Minnesota Democrat to resign from Congress were “purely and simply hysteria.”
“He’s never faced his accusers. He’s never had due process. He’s never had an opportunity to clear his name,” Gingrich told “Fox News Sunday” when asked why the calls for Franken to step aside were “a lynching.”
“Now a million people had elected him. And 30 people decided he was inappropriate. Now they haven’t decided yet that Bob Menendez, by the way, who has a much more interesting story to tell, is inappropriate,” Gingrich added, referring to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), whose federal corruption case last month ended in a mistrial.
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