'The president of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. "If he wants to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, all he's got to do is fire him".
New Gingrich's views on obstruction of justice are a wee bit divergent from when his role as the Speaker of the House was LEADING the charge against President Bill Clinton and VOTING to impeach Clinton for articles of impeachment that included, among other things, an obstruction of justice charge.
He pushed back on the idea that we should forget about left versus right in this moment of grief.
"I think it's incredible, if you look at the - for example, CNN's 93 percent negative coverage according to Harvard, 93 percent negative, I think it's a miracle that Trump has any approval", Gingrich said.
Whether Trump committed a similar act when he told Comey that he hoped he could "let go" of the investigation of Michael Flynn will likely be decided by lawyers working for Robert Mueller.
Francis: "With respect, though, even if everything you're saying is true, to talk about it in those kind of terms of left and right right now in the wake of it, does that make sense?" Nobody on Capitol Hill has any proof that I did anything with the Russians.
Trump confirms that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director
The White House had confirmed that Mr Mueller was among the candidates Mr Trump interviewed to replace Mr Comey. Friday's tweet marked the first time Mr Trump has publicly acknowledged he is under investigation .
Gingrich, in his reference to the "deep state", suggests that there is an orchestrated conspiracy against the president from within the established government, whereby career government employees hostile to the administration are actively involved in ridding Washington of President Trump.
Gingrich's tweets marked a coming of full circle in an effort by some of Trump's most prominent allies to delegitimize the Mueller-led investigation.
"I think this whole game of recusal now, this is a nightmare", Gingrich said.
"All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law", said Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said on MSNBC on Friday.
Speaking on Fox News' "Outnumbered", Gingrich said, "It's part of a pattern". His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity.
Gingrich recalled that he has been approached by both colleagues and college student Trump supporters who related they have been threatened for their political stance. "Media should now calm down".