Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday that the Republican-controlled Congress will impeach President Donald Trump “in a week” if he is “dumb enough” to pardon himself.
In a tweet on Monday, Trump asserted that he has the “absolute” power to pardon himself.
Gingrich told CBS News on Tuesday that Congress has the “absolute right to impeach” Trump if he tried to give himself a pardon.
“If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself, that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him,” the former Speaker predicted.
Later in the interview, host Gayle King wondered if Trump was avoiding an interview with Mueller because he has trouble telling the truth.
“Trump is a storyteller,” Gingrich replied. “He’s an entertainer, that’s who he is as a person.”
“But he’s president of the United States,” King observed. “Shouldn’t the president of the United States tell the truth?”
“He should tell the truth, but he also likes to tell stories,” Gingrich remarked. “Sometimes those stories stretch things.”
Watch the video below from CBS.
‘Big mistake’: Trump’s favorite pollster tells Fox News why Republicans shouldn’t push nomination before the election
Fox News on Friday examined why it would be a "big mistake" for Republicans to attempt to force through a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Following Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that Trump's nominee would receive a vote, but did not specify whether it would occur before the election or during the "lame duck" session of Congress that occurs before the 2020 election victors are sworn in.
But conservative pollster Scott Rasmussen warned Republicans it would be a bad idea during an appearance with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020