“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg told Newt Gingrich she was not going to let the former House speaker “spin” after he brought up the fact that the Hillary Clinton campaign had worked with foreign entities to try and influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
The topic came up on Tuesday’s show, when “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman pressed Gingrich on whether it was wrong for President Donald Trump to raise the issue of Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine on his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“You admit that it’s an abuse of power though, right, what he did on the phone call?” she asked.
Gingrich did not concede that point, saying he had re-read the transcript of the phone call and saw no evidence of wrongdoing.
A review of the transcript shows Trump made no quid pro quo demand. In fact, the Ukrainians did not know until a month after the call that the Trump administration had directed the aid to be delayed.
He then released it in mid-September with Ukraine not having opened an investigation into the Bidens.
“Then what is [abuse of power]?” Huntsman wanted to know.
“When I think about a president’s role if you call a foreign president and you ask them to investigate your opponent in a presidential race … ”
Co-host Sunny Hostin then interjected: “And look into the [Democratic National Committee] server as well.”
“No, I’m actually curious, if that’s not an abuse of power, what is?” Huntsman asked Gingrich.
“What it is is exactly what Hillary Clinton’s campaign did,” Gingrich responded.
“Notice the difference. The Clinton campaign paid to create a dossier … ”
Goldberg then stepped in.
“Hillary — y’all are — tried her, you beat her. She’s not the president. The man who’s the president broke the law,” Goldberg insisted.