At a speech Friday at the National Press Club about his book, 'Understanding Trump,' former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made the case that legal expert Alan Dershowitz has been touting this month: The president, as the chief law enforcement officer, can not obstruct justice. Especially if the alleged obstruction took place with regards to a case that turned out to lead nowhere. It is the president's job to shut down cases that he knows are not in the national interest.
NEWT GINGRICH: Everybody on the left has been walking around town chanting: 'Watch for the Russian connection! Watch for the Russian connection! Look for collusion!'
Turns out, even Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee says there is zero evidence of collusion.
So now the newest one is: Ah. There was obstruction of justice about the collusion.
So, the fantasy that didn't occur is now being replaced by -- by the way, technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice. The President is the chief executive officer of the United States, if he wants to fire the FBI director, he can just fire him.
Somebody said the other day, I thought this was a very good test. If John F. Kennedy had fired J. Edgar Hoover over investigating and wiretapping Martin Luther King Jr., would people have thought it was obstruction?
Also available, Speaker Gingrich's full book talk at the National press Club: