During a speech on Friday at the National Press Club Newt Gingrich made a case for the President that has some cheering and other shaking their heads. Touting a case that legal expert Alan Dershowitz has been making for about a month Gingrich claims the President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer. Gingrich said:
Everybody on the left has been walking around town chanting: ‘Watch for the Russian connection! Watch for the Russian connection! Look for collusion!’
Turns out, even Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee says there is zero evidence of collusion.
So now the newest one is: Ah. There was obstruction of justice about the collusion.
So, the fantasy that didn’t occur is now being replaced by — by the way, technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice. The President is the chief executive officer of the United States, if he wants to fire the FBI director, he can just fire him.
Somebody said the other day, I thought this was a very good test. If John F. Kennedy had fired J. Edgar Hoover over investigating and wiretapping Martin Luther King Jr., would people have thought it was obstruction?
Of course, if the President were to do something rash like fire Mueller it wouldn’t be a good idea for him politically, and most people on both sides believe the President at the very least just needs to ride this out.
So, what do you think about the former speaker’s comments is he right? Or totally wrong? If you want to view Gingrich entire speech below:
Source: Real Clear Politics