Republicans sure are fickle creatures. They can spin on a dime and flip-flop their positions without a second thought. Today’s example of such mental gymnastics comes from none other than good old Newt Gingrich. Speaking at the National Press Club on Friday, Gingrich told the audience that Donald Trump couldn’t be guilty of obstructing justice because it simply isn’t possible for a president to obstruct justice.
Technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice,” Gingrich said. “The President of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. If he wants to fire the FBI director, all he has to do is fire him.”
However, this sure wasn’t his position when the president in question was Bill Clinton. As a member of Congress, Gingrich voted in favor of impeaching Clinton for obstruction of justice. Article III of the bill impeaching Clinton reads:
[I]n his conduct while President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice, and has to that end engaged personally, and through his subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or scheme designed to delay, impede, cover up, and conceal the existence of evidence and testimony related to a Federal civil rights action brought against him in a duly instituted judicial proceeding.
It is worth noting that this is just the latest example of Gingrich doing a 180 when he needs to find a way to defend the indefensible actions of Trump and his bumbling administration. When Robert Mueller was initially appointed as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Trump’s Russian ties, possible collusion, and likely obstruction, Gingrich said he was a “superb choice.”
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
But he changed his tune when Trump and his cronies decided to start trying to discredit Mueller. All of the sudden, Gingrich said the hell with Mueller’s “impeccable honesty and integrity” and slammed him on Twitter, claiming there was no way he was “going to be fair.”
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.