Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a staunch supporter of President Trump, said Friday that a “president cannot obstruct justice.”
Gingrich said that as president, Trump was well within his authority to fire the head of the FBI.
“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,” said Gingrich in comments at the National Press Club, where he was promoting a new book.
His comments sparked pushback on Twitter, with many noting that Gingrich had voted to impeach former President Bill Clinton, including an article that charged him with obstruction of justice.