Newt Gingrich, who served as the Speaker of the House from 1995-1999 has a fair amount of experience with impeachment inquiries. It was the former Georgia congressman who oversaw the impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton.
Gingrich recently weighed in on the current inquiry against Donald Trump, calling it unconstitutional. Fox News Chris Wallace ripped the former Speaker for his hypocrisy and said the measure is the opposite of unconstitutional.
The former congressman told Fox News’ Sandra Smith, “[this is an] unconstitutional coup d’état, an effort to use the power of the Congress to change the outcome for the American people and is a direct assault on the whole idea of representing the American people and instead imposing democratic members of Congress as the ultimate Electoral College. I think it will backfire very badly.”
Wallace responded to the comments by arguing, “This is the exact opposite of unconstitutional. The Constitution specifically says that impeachment is left to Congress with very little statement as to how they want to conduct it. And in fact, I think I remember that Newt Gingrich did an impeachment effort, led an impeachment effort against Bill Clinton in 1998,” he added. “Was that an effort to overturn an election? No, he was investigating stuff.”
The Fox News host finished by saying, “We may find out that there is some there-there — there’s no there-there, but to call it unconstitutional or an effort to overturn an election, that’s a reach for somebody like Newt Gingrich who was involved in the last impeachment effort.”
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