In a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday, the former House speaker who voted to impeach President Clinton for obstruction of justice, said that Trump can’t be guilty of obstructing justice in the widening Russian Federation probe – because he’s the president.
On Friday, in an appearance at the National Press Club, Newt Gingrich said it was impossible for the President of the United States to obstruct justice.
So, the fantasy that didn’t occur is now being replaced by – by the way, technically, the president of the United States can not obstruct justice.
Gingrich’s comments immediately sparked brushback on social media, where politics observers were quick to note that the former Georgia congressman had voted to impeach Clinton on articles that included a charge of obstructing justice.
“He is surrounding himself with a corrupt group of people who are going to engage in a witch hunt”, Gingrich said, comparing the investigation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller. “What you have lived through for 2.5 long years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction-of-justice, cover-up, and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in American history”, Gingrich said in 1998.
Gingrich referred to a Wednesday Washington Post story alleging that Mueller was expanding the Russian Federation probe to include investigation Trump for potential obstruction of justice following his firing of Comey.
Gingrich has been on the front lines the past week defending the president in the wake of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling. “It’s about the witchcraft trials in the late 17 Century in Salem, and actually that’s the mentality of the left right now”.
“Let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society”, Sanders said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
“The president can not obstruct justice”, he said last week. “I feel kind of bad, ‘” Gingrich said Trump admitted later.
“It turns out, even Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee, says there is zero evidence of collusion”.
Trump seemingly admitted he was under investigation for obstruction of justice – though his attorneys deny this – when he tweeted Friday: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director…”
Not long after Newt Gingrich accused Robert Mueller of being part of a “deep state” conspiracy, Joe Scarborough responded in a series of tweets.