36FAD41C00000578-3728196-image-a-11_1470597345336Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Hillary Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ excuse ‘genius,’ but also hinted that it could be her downfall.

Gingrich, a Trump advocate, appeared alongside Clinton supporter Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra, to debate this week’s political news on ‘Fox News Sunday’ with Chris Wallace.

‘It’s one thing to lie. It’s one thing to lie about lying and then Friday, she gave us the perfect explanation –  Her brain apparently had short circuited while she was talking to you,’ he said of Wallace, who had interviewed Clinton the week before.

 ‘She now has a fundamental way of saying to people, “It wasn’t that I lied to you, I just didn’t quite remember what it was that I was going to say,’ Gingrich added.

A week before on the show as he was speaking to Clinton, Wallace pulled up a clip of FBI Director James Comey refuting previous statements the former secretary of state had made in which she said she had never passed classified information through her private email server.

‘After a long investigation, FBI Director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true,’ Wallace pointed out to Clinton during last Sunday’s sit-down.

Clinton rebuffed the journalist’s statement. ‘Chris, that’s not what I heard Director Comey say, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity, in my view, [to] clarify.’

‘Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails,’ she said.

‘I was communicating with over 300 people in my e-mailing,’ she continued.

‘They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe that what they were sending was classified,’ she added.

The Fox News Sunday statements earned the Democratic hopeful four Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s fact-checker.

CpM9aVcUEAA4VlFCut to Friday afternoon when Clinton stood before the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and took questions.

‘I was pointing out in both of those instances that Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful,’ Clinton tried again. ‘That’s really the bottom line here.’

‘What I told the FBI, which he was was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly,’ she continued.

‘So I may have short-circuited, and for that, I will try to clarify because, I think Chris Wallace and I were probably talking past each other,’ she added.

Wallace, on today’s show, said he didn’t think that was the case.

Despite Trump having his own politically-challenging week, Gingrich told Wallace, ‘Frankly, the biggest mistake last week was made on your show.’

Gingrich then gave the historical precedent for why Clinton’s statement could end up being so politically troublesome for the Democratic nominee.

 ‘Well, as George Romney can tell her, using a short circuit as an explanation for why you do something is very dangerous in a presidential campaign,’ Gingrich said.

Romney, the former governor of Michigan and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s late father, said he had been ‘brainwashed’ by American generals into backing the Vietnam War, a position he reversed when he ran for president.

He had been the leading contender for the presidency in 1968 when he made the comment in September of 1967, but after uttering those words he never politically recovered.

‘So, I’ll take the week,’ Gingrich said. ‘I think she managed to trump Trump in terms of mistakes,’ he said.

 

By: Nikki Schwab

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