Newt Gingrich: Capitol Police Could Force Judges to Testify Before Congress

Posted December 18, 2011 at 11:27am

Under a President Newt Gingrich, Capitol Police could find themselves at the center of a constitutional conflict.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this morning, the Republican presidential candidate said that he would force judges to defend unpopular decisions before Congressional hearings.

Host Bob Schieffer asked Gingrich how he would enforce that. “Would you send the Capitol Police down to arrest him?” he asked.

“If you had to,” the former Speaker said. “Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send a U.S. marshal.”

In recent weeks, Gingrich has pressed hard on the issue of judicial overreach, arguing that liberal judges have usurped the power of Congress and the presidency in their decisions.

“We’ve had rulings that outlawed school prayer, we’ve had rulings that outlawed the cross, we’ve had rulings that outlawed the Ten Commandments,” the Georgia Republican said on “Face the Nation.” “We’ve had a steady secular drive to radicalize this country away from all of its core beliefs.”

Gingrich also said he did not think that Capitol Police or U.S. marshals would need to get involved to compel judges to testify, noting that the House often subpoenas judges and other officials during impeachment hearings.

“As a general rule, they show up,” he said.