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.
Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."
It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.
The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.
The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.
Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank
Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.
The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.
Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.
Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.
Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns
Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.
In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."