Fox News contributor and embodiment of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch, Newt Gingrich, wants Donald Trump to pardon advisers and cabinet members that break the law. He also thinks Congress should relax or change ethics laws because Trump might have a hard time not breaking them.
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“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said during a panel discussion on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show”. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.”
“It is a totally open power, and he could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period.’ Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority,” he said.
Gingrich’s idea of a new approach? Trump should form a committee that he pays to watch what he does to make sure it is ethical. They would certainly have no conflict of interest since Trump gave them cushy government jobs to watch what Trump does. This, of course, harkens back to Jimmy Carter and how Republicans made a massive scandal over his peanut farm dubbed “Peanut Gate”.
Now things are different.
“I’ve suggested that people who are widely respected, like Attorney General Mukasey, might — that the president-elect might want to form a panel who are sort of a review group, if that makes sense, and that the panel would monitor regularly what was going on and would offer warnings if they get too close to the edge. I think it’s a — you know, it’s a very real problem. I don’t think this is something minor. And I think certainly in an age when people are convinced that government corruption is widespread both in the United States and around the world, you can’t just shrug and walk off from it. It’s an issue that we have to think through, and we have to find a solution for.” – Newt Gingrich
Meanwhile, Gingrich wanted to throw Barney Frank in jail over the Dodd-Frank act.
Gingrich also says Trump’s vested interests overseas could draw concerns from the Emoluments Clause, a law that prohibits the Federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states without the consent of congress. Basically, the idea is to prevent presidents from becoming kings.
“Well, the Emoluments Clause is a very real concern. What it would suggest is that the president could not take any kind of — although it says they can take things with the specific, explicit approval of the Congress.” Newt Gingrich told Diane Rehm during the panel. “That’s the only circumstance under which they can be involved in accepting things from foreigners. And of course, it was designed to avoid the very real danger of foreign governments trying to bribe Americans. So I think it’s a very real challenge.”
What The Grinch who lied to the Senate 13 times is alluding to here is that we need to do away with that pesky clause because it could hamper his sovereign king from being able to set up his royal family and use the power of the American Presidency to proliferate profits from foreign governments. Much like we have already seen in the case of Kuwait and Bahrain.