Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Gingrich: A president "cannot obstruct justice"

Yesterday, Trump himself confirmed that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice for firing FBI director James Comey, after asking him to "lay off" the investigation into former adviser Michael Flynn's Russian ties.

Raddatz asked Gingrich on Sunday if the president has lost confidence in Rosenstein who, after Comey's dismissal, appointed Bob Mueller as special counsel in charge of the FBI's investigation of Russian interference in the USA election and possible ties to Trump associates.

The president seemed to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo detailing what he saw as concerns about Comey's leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately prior to Trump's firing him on May 9. I know I didn't do anything with the Russians. "This intensity has been building, I think, since election night". I'm not a lawyer, but neither is Newt Gingrich (he holds a European history), and if I can google some legal definitions, he should be able to as well.

"I think it's awesome, if you look at the - for example, CNN's 93 percent negative coverage according to Harvard, 93 percent negative, I think it's a miracle that Trump has any approval", the former speaker said. Gingrich added that no one on Capitol Hill has proof he (Trump) colluded with the Russians.

"Comey may be under investigation", the former House speaker floated on ABC's "This Week".

That part began after host Jedediah Bila asked Gingrich about Trump's support among the public.

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Gingrich voted to impeach Bill Clinton, who was charged with obstruction of justice. While he repeatedly said it wasn't his place to say whether Trump's actions amounted to an obstruction of justice - an impeachable offense - he said he's "sure" that Mueller would investigate if they did.

The news is all based on hearsay, continued Speaker Gingrich, and "based on an intercept of the Russian Ambassador saying I met with him".

"I think this whole game of recusal now, this is a nightmare", Gingrich said.

When ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz asked Gingrich if he believed Rosenstein should join Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, Gingrich said, "No".

The alleged gunman, identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died from his gunshot wounds, according to President Donald Trump. "He's been a fighter his whole life".

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