Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Newt Gingrich: 'The President of the United States cannot obstruct justice'

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Damon Campbell | 18 June, 2017, 02:01

With President Donald Trump blasting reports that he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, Trump ally and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said any charge wouldn't stick for one simple reason.

'Technically, the President of the United States can not obstruct justice, ' Gingrich said on Friday at an event in Washington.

Gingrich speaks regularly with Trump and is promoting a new book on how to "understand" him.

While speaker of the House, Gingrich voted in 1998 to impeach President Bill Clinton on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.

Friday morning, Trump appeared to suggest a way toward getting rid of special counsel Robert Mueller: by first ousting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who put Mueller in his position.

'The left right now is engaged in the Salem witchcraft process of, "We know somebody's evil, we know somebody's bad".

While the White House denied that Trump had any intention to fire Mueller, the New York Times reported Tuesday night that the president had begun entertaining the idea of firing Mueller last month.

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On college campuses, for example, students who support Trump say they have received threats - even death threats, Gingrich said.

"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. So now the newest one is, "Ah, but there was obstruction of justice over the collusion"'.

Gingrich, after initially praising Mueller, has become a harsh critic.

Gingrich's tweets marked a coming of full circle in an effort by some of Trump's most prominent allies to delegitimize the Mueller-led investigation.

'His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity, ' Gingrich tweeted on May 17.

Gingrich said he has cautioned many in the Trump administration about the seriousness of the current investigations.

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