Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has called on Republicans to stand up and fight for President Donald Trump.
His comments come as pressure builds on the White House following Trump's alleged leaking of classified information to Russia and the accusation that he tried to obstruct an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Gingrich, who led the House when the Republicans tried to impeach Bill Clinton during the 1990s, said Democrats were preparing a similar move against Trump.
"Republicans in general -- not just Trump -- are in a crossroads," Gingrich told the Times. "And if they don't get their act together, Pelosi is going to become speaker and she's going to impeach Trump. That's how big the stakes are."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned Trump's fitness to be president May 16, referring to his alleged passing of classified intelligence to Russia.
"What the president did was totally outrageous. If it was unwitting, it would be pathetic and dangerous. But if it was intentional, I don't even know what is worse," Pelosi said, according to The Hill.
Pelosi argued that the Republicans' control of the House, which gives them subpoena power over a Republican president, was problematic for oversight.
"The power of subpoena makes all the difference in the world and the majority owns the power of subpoena," she added.
Trump defended his discussion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining … to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism," he tweeted May 16.
Gingrich went on to declare his support for Trump's proposal to cancel press briefings, and he urged the White House to stop responding to media reports he labeled as "garbage."
"The reason that they're having a tough time in the White House is that they keep kidding themselves about the environment they are working in," Gingrich added to the Times. "If you're surrounded by lions and hyenas, feeding them just increases their hunger."
He attacked the media, mentioning CNN in particular and arguing that the media was sending a message to the world that "America is terrifying."
Gingrich also expressed concern that Republicans were feeling pressure because of the negative stories about Trump. He said some had also received death threats.
"You either decide you're going to cave and let the left own America," he said, "or you're going to fight."