On Monday, during testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, FBI Director James Comey revealed that his agency is investigating links between Trump allies and Russian officials and the possible collusion with the Kremlin to tilt the election in Trump’s favor. But Newt Gingrich has suggested a controversial way out for Trump.
“The president has the power of the pardon,” the former Speaker Of The House said. “It is a totally open power, and he could simply say, ‘Look, I pardon everyone in my administration if anyone finds them to have broken the law. Period.'”
Now let’s think about that for a minute. Of course, Trump cannot pardon himself (Richard Nixon was pardon by his successor, president Gerald Ford), but Gingrich is suggesting the president issues a blanket pardon for any potential violations under investigation by the FBI, and that may include violations by Trump himself.
“Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority,” Gingrich said on a phone call to “The Diane Rehm Show.”
This is not the first time Gingrich has offered a cover for Trump to bend the rules.
Gingrich has also called for Congress to “change ethics laws so Trump can avoid any conflicts of interest that his global business empire may pose.”
“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” he said, according to Politico.
But Gingrich conceded that Congress can’t ignore Trump’s relationships with foreign governments.
“It’s a very real problem. I don’t think this is something minor. I think certainly in an age that people are convinced that government corruption is widespread both in the U.S. and around the world, you can’t just shrug and walk off from it,” he added.
Trump and his gang of alligators may get away with crime if Congress allows Trump to follow Newt’s advise.
The GOP has become the most corrupt organization in the U.S. and probably the world. So don’t be surprised if more Republicans encourage Trump to pardon his entire administration.