‘This Week’ Transcript 6-18-17: Newt Gingrich, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Douglas Lute

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on June 18, 2017 and it will be updated.

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ANNOUNCER: THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS starts right now.

MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC HOST: The president’s tweet, “I am being investigated”, seeming to confirm he is now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

REPORTER: Are you under investigation by the FBI?

RADDATZ: President Trump now hiring more lawyers and fighting back, calling the Russia investigation the single greatest witch hunt in American political history. Attacking the special counsel as bad and conflicted. So will the president try to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

We’ll ask our exclusive guest, Trump ally Newt Gingrich, one of Mueller’s biggest critics.

NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER: Technically, the President of the United States cannot obstruct justice.

RADDATZ: Plus, where’s the proof? The House Intel Committee giving the president until Friday to hand over any tapes.

SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: When he’s ready to discuss it, he will.

RADDATZ: Do those tapes exist? And if they do, will the president comply? We asked the top Democrat on that committee in an exclusive interview.

And will Trump’s base stand by the president? I traveled to the heart of Trump country to find out.

Do you want to get to the truth about this? Do you care? Is it important?

Plus, insights and analysis from our powerhouse roundtable. Everything you need to know — what happens after the President of the United States says I am being investigated.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, it’s THIS WEEK. Here now, co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

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RADDATZ: Good morning. And to all the fathers out there, a very Happy Father’s Day. This week, a new sense of urgency over President Trump’s future and the cost of political anger. The shock of that Wednesday morning shooting, a gunman targeting Republican members of Congress practicing for their annual charity baseball game.

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