Gingrich: A president "cannot obstruct justice"


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday of trying to destroy, undermine and cripple Donald Trump's presidency.

Gingrich posted his tweets after The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials now expanded to include a probe into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice with his firing of former FBI Director James Comey last month. "If he wants to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, all he has to do is fire him", said Gingrich in comments at the National Press Club, where he was promoting a new book. While speaker of the House, Gingrich voted in 1998 to impeach President Bill Clinton on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.

"I keep telling everybody at the White House, this is not like NY real estate law, this is criminal law", he said.

Gingrich, in his reference to the "deep state", suggests that there is an orchestrated conspiracy against the president from within the established government, whereby career government employees hostile to the administration are actively involved in ridding Washington of President Trump. "Maybe it's you, whoever you are, '" Gingrich said.

Right before this exchange, Whoopi began grilling Gingrich in a ludicrous fashion to try to call him out in a gotcha moment. "Apparently, over and over again Trump is told privately you are not under investigation but nobody will officially admit it".

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"Everybody on the left has been walking around town chanting, 'watch for the Russian connection, watch for the Russian connection, look for the collusion, '" Gingrich said.

"I said yesterday, you have two more leaks like this, [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein is going to have to appoint a special counsel to investigate a special counsel".

The most prominent of those Trump backers was Gingrich, who tweeted Monday that Republicans were "delusional" if they thought Mueller would be fair.

"But it's part of a pattern, as you saw the one sign this guy was holding, you've had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left", Gingrich said. "[.] We're told in this case, this guy goes and says, 'Are they Democrats or Republicans?' Well, that's a pretty directed kind of behavior".