Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) proclaimed that President Donald Trump can’t obstruct justice because he’s the president.
“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,” Gingrich said in a speech Friday.
But Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that the claim is absolute nonsense.
“Let me be clear, investigations determine whether there has been an obstruction of justice,” she said. “I gave the definition of it and it can be quite simple. I disagree with the Speaker. I served when Speaker Gingrich was in, and he can express his views, but the issue as it was in the Nixon Watergate proceedings was not the break-in, it was the coverup. It is not the question of whether the president can or did fire one of his employees. It is the engagement to stop an investigation or to impede it.”
She went on to say that Trump did exactly that when he asked Comey to “lay off” retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
“That’s impeding an ongoing investigation and that’s impeding the administration of justice,” she explained. “So, Mr. Gingrich is incorrect in his analysis because he’s looking at the wrong incident. We’re looking at the incident where Director Comey was directed to stop, to lay off. That meets the standard of an administration of justice involvement or violation and it warrants investigation. Now, let me be clear. what the special counsel does is different from a committee would do.”
Baldwin pointed out that Gingrich didn’t think the president couldn’t be charged with obstruction of justice when President Bill Clinton did it.
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.
Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag
Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.
During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.
While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.