Newt Gingrich Now Says the President "Technically" Can't Even Obstruct Justice

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that "this whole thing stinks" regarding the Russian Federation investigation, simply because special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey are friends.

Gingrich said a reported investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice in the Russia probe - which Trump himself said is happening - is related to a failed attempt to prove election collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, which Gingrich called the "Russia Fantasy". "Maybe it's you, whoever you are, '" Gingrich said. "What you have lived through for 2 1/2 years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction of justice, coverup and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in American history, and the time has come to say to the president, 'Quit undermining the law in the United States".

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. And Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House. I wonder who we should burn at the stake? "Witch Hunt", the president tweeted.

The White House initially used that memo to justify Trump's decision to fire Comey.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey testified that Trump had asked him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn before firing Comey.

Gingrich slammed Mueller, accusing him of packing his team with Trump opponents.

The reports that Trump was considering ousting Mueller appeared to lead to officials leaking to the Post that the Mueller investigation included probing possible obstruction of justice, a move that would make it more hard for Trump to remove Mueller without increased backlash.

The former Speaker on Friday was touting his new book, "Understanding Trump".

  • Larry Hoffman