Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, argued Monday that Trump should not face any criminal penalty just because he fired former FBI Director James Comey. "The president of the United States should not be subject to criminal prosecution for merely exercising his constitutional authority," he said on CNN. "In the absence of any statute to the contrary, the president has the authority to fire the director of the FBI, and the president has the power tell the director of the FBI who to investigate, who not to investigate," he added.
Thank you Professor Dershowitz. Tell that to Robert Mueller who knows this, but doesn´t have the integrity to resign. That´s what a honorable lawyer would do. If Comey was Mueller´s protege, that speaks volumes about Mueller.
It´s not a criminal prosecution, it´s a political prosecution. As such, there is no need for facts, for eye witnesses, sworn testimony or innocent until proven guilty rules. All that is needed in a political prosecution are innuendos, rumors, smears, anonymous leaks and false testimony to convict because the Democrats act as judge and the MSM is the jury. Trump was found guilty last November 9th but this show trial continues because he is still president.
Prof. Dershowitz is consistent and intellectually honest. That is all we ask, whether he is politically on "our side" or not. Not so much for others on the Sunday talks yesterday.
(BTW: I caught clips of ABC This Week late last night. Newt Gingrich thoroughly cleaned Martha Raddatz´s clock! Her interrogation .. er, interview came across more like a segment on Tucker Carlson´s show, with Newt taking Tuckers role, and Raddatz jumping around like one of Tuckers liberal guests. Fun to watch. Of course ABC tried to follow with CA Dem Rep. Adam Schiff, but there was no way he could "save" Raddatz after Newt´s evisceration of her.)
As opposed to the greatest president of all time, Barack Hussein Obama, whose entire eight year reign was unconstitutional. He did what he pleased and continuously lied about it, damaged the country deliberately and was never called out by any of these people. In fact, he was praised to the high heavens for his "scandal-free" performance and his long list of "accomplishments."
The democrats are in the minority and the news media is doing its best to lie, smear and denigrate a real president to try to rescue that pathetic bunch of morons. I think we all need to help President Trump fix the problem, whatever it takes.
Another day, another statement of the obvious from CNN´s "distinguished" political analyst, Professor Dershowitz.
How about a discussion of why the undocumented Barry Soetoro and his associated cabal of international gangsters, to include Sir Edmund, are not doing some serious time in a federal penitentiary this morning?
Actually, we have absolutely no knowledge that the President is being investigated for obstruction of justice. The only sources are pure Fake News sources, wallowing in hysterical lies on a daily basis.
I am surprised that folks here believe something because NYT and WashComPost says so, based on anonymous sources. They LIE, daily, with malice aforethought.
I think the learned Professor is correct, and I would hope that that fundamental legal truth will shine through this crazy time.
His chiming in cannot hurt. He is a bigger legal authority now than all those pokey little twits the Dems roll out. Larry Tribe and the rest. And he is far from being a Conservative. An excellent voice on President Trump’s behalf.
SUGGESTION: With the Fourth of July just around the corner, what say we flood our worthy President Trump with letters of thanks and support. As a long time Green Card Holder, I am so proud of this man and thankful we got him into The White House. I believe that reminders to him that we are still here and grateful would bring a smile to his face once in a while. He, more than most Presidents, has a tough job all around.
Dershowitz uses words VERY specifically. Trump is not subject to criminal prosecution for firing Comey. Since the DOJ, I believe, only does criminal investigations, there is NO BASIS for Mueller to make that a part of his investigation and Trump should so order the DOJ and Mueller that any aspect of the investigation that is heading in that direction should be ended IMMEDIATELY. If someone wants to make a case that the president cannot fire the Director of the FBI, let them do so. Comey made the case that Trump has the authority to do so and now Dershowitz is backing him up.
Further, I think Trump should be demanding that the evidence to support the assignment of a special investigator for Russian interference be presented for review. NOW!
Here´s a news flash, public opinion and liberal angst is NOT evidence.
Since there is NO evidence to support the assignment of a special investigator, then one should never have been assigned. Period! End!
Further still, the FBI should be required to make an evidential case to the DOJ for the continuance of the investigations. The WH should be part of that review as well. If no evidence exists, and there is little likelihood that any is forthcoming, THOSE investigations should be shut down. It is insane to let this insanity be continued.
Barack Obama has been pictured visiting the Tirta Empul Temple during his family trip to Bali. The former president, wife Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, were yesterday pictured white water rafting down the Ayung River, a popular tourist spot on the Indonesian Island. Today a healthy-looking Obama swapped the bulky hat and life jacket for a white polo shirt and dark jeans while attending the Hindu Balinese water temple, near the town of Tampaksiring. Michelle, Sasha and Malia wore yellow sarongs and sashes - known as a selendang - over their clothes, as is customary when visiting holy
The House Intelligence Committee met behind closed doors Tuesday with John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, amid complaints by President Donald Trump that the Obama administration didn’t do enough to counter Russian interference in the U.S. election. Podesta’s email account was hacked, as was the Democratic National Committee’s. Many of those emails were then leaked, producing a steady, negative and sometimes embarrassing stream of news about Clinton’s campaign. But the Democrats didn’t cooperate fully with U.S. investigators. “The president and the entire administration were dealing with an unprecedented incidence of the weaponization” of Russian cyberactivity, Podesta told reporters after
Mark Levin´s new book, "Rediscovering Americanism," an assault on the media and progressives and a call for Americans to take back their country, debuts today at No. 1 on Amazon. Showing the draw of the New York Times bestselling author and top syndicated radio host, his book is already on the way to becoming another big seller. "My new book covers a lot of territory — philosophy, history, economics, law, culture, etc. And I look deeply into what is meant by Americanism, republicanism, individualism, capitalism. What do we mean by natural law, unalienable rights, liberty, and property rights? From where
WASHINGTON –The Cubs bought their 2016 World Series trophy to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and lug it to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with President Donald Trump – expected by team honchos Tom and Todd Ricketts to be more low-key than the love fest former President Barack Obama squeezed in before leaving office. The Cubs are here for a four-game series with the NationaIs; Todd Ricketts told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I think the president just knew that we all were going to be here going to baseball games and thought it would be fun to come up
We know that President Obama had it in for Gen. Michael Flynn. The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was a persistent critic of Obama’s feckless policies, especially regarding ISIS. Obama reportedly advised president-elect Trump not to offer Flynn a high level position. According to this report from Circa, the FBI’s Andrew McCabe also had an ax to grind with Flynn. A few years ago, Robyn Gritz, a supervisory special agent, filed a discrimination/retaliation claim against the FBI. Flynn supported Gritz’s claim. According to Circa, he wrote a letter of support in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationery, backed
Underscoring the earth´s ever-changing face, a new island has been spotted off the coast of North Carolina. The crescent-shaped landmass off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton started surfacing in spring and now it measures around one-mile long and more than 400 feet wide. Locals have dubbed the sandbar Shelly Island, because of the vast quantities of shells littering its shores. Scroll down for video (Photo) Janice Regan, who lives nearby, told the Virginian Pilot that it was actually her grandson who came up with the apt moniker. She added that the island was just a ´little bump´ in
The Senate Judiciary Committee is probing alleged political interference by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Last Thursday, two Republicans and two Democrats on the committee sent letters to four people, including Lynch. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) signed the letters, all pointing to an April 22, 2017 New York Times report that said the FBI obtained an email or memo "written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep
Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the White House Press Corps on Tuesday that CNN was “a disgrace to journalism.” Sanders’s remarks came after CNN retracted a “fake news” story over the weekend alleging links between a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team and a Russian firm, and after an exposé on Monday by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas showed a CNN producer admitting the Russia story was “bullsh*t.” (Video) Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump had blasted CNN on Twitter, along with other mainstream media networks. He also retweeted a parody of the CNN logo that recast
Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell announced Tuesday he will delay a vote on healthcare reform until after the July 4 recess amid growing Republican opposition. McConnell, of Kentucky, said he wants to make changes to the bill and vote after senators return from the holiday break. “We will not be on the bill this week, but we will still be working to get at least 50 people in a comfortable place,” McConnell said at a news conference at the Capitol. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on July 11 for three weeks then break for one month in August. A
The Democrats’ unprecedented losing streak continues. As Rich Lowry noted a couple of days after Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama’s chief legacy is the total collapse of the modern Democratic Party. In the handful of special elections this year -- including in Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday -- nothing has happened to change that. As a refresher on just how decimated is the modern Democratic Party, in addition to the U.S. Presidency, along with the U.S. House and Senate, Republicans hold the state offices in: 33 of 50 governorships- 30 of 45 (with Alabama’s currently vacant)
The 10 Commandments monument was put in place on the Capitol grounds this morning and Sen. Jason Rapert, the evangelist who sponsored legislation to enable it, was on hand to preen before the cameras. He insisted the monument — paid by private contributions — will withstand the legal challenge promised by the ACLU and others to state promotion of religion on the Capitol grounds. He rests his case on Texas´ similar monument — a relic from a movie decades ago that had become so enshrined and essentially invisible that the courts allowed it to stand when a challenge was raised
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Just days before he resigns from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Monday that House and Senate lawmakers should receive a $2,500 per month housing allowance — something he explained would help ease housing costs for members who can’t afford two mortgages or rents. “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,” Chaffetz told The Hill in an interview in his Capitol office, where he sleeps whenever he’s in Washington. “In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be
Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner was shredded by social media users over the weekend after he called for an “all out war” to resist President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter Sunday, the All in the Family star mentioned a Fox News report about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. “When Fox says that DT colluding with the enemy is not a crime, the fight to save Democracy is now an all out war. US-Stay strong. #Treason,” he wrote. (Tweet) Reiner’s remarks were slammed by several social media users, many of them suggesting that the actor’s tweet
Ohio Gov. John Kasich came out against the Senate Republican health care bill Sunday, saying both Republicans and Democrats need to do a better job at helping poor people. “Both parties ought to be worried about poor people, because I don’t think either party particularly cares about helping poor people,” Mr. Kasich, who lost the Republican Party’s presidential nomination to President Trump last year, told CNN’s Dana Bash. “You look at the rates of poverty, the problems in this country,” he continued. “We have not designed a system to get people work. Everything we’re talking about now — getting people
I’ve been talking about the importance of protecting against voting-machine hacks since 2002. And now, finally, people are starting to take me seriously. The move to paperless voting started in response to the Florida “hanging chad” fiasco in the 2000 presidential election. Some people (like me) thought this was a mistake, but such concerns were often dismissed. Now, apparently, you can’t be paranoid enough. As Politico’s Bob King noted, while 10 years ago critics of paperless voting were called paranoid, now both parties are worried. It remains true that there is no actual evidence that a single vote was changed by hackers
The Obama adventures continue! Barack Obama and his family went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali on Monday amid their nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the family to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip, according to ABC News. Obama will also speak at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta on July 1. Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age 6
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The Supreme Court said Monday that most of President Trump’s travel ban executive order can go into effect, delivering the first major victory to the new administration on perhaps his most controversial policy to date. Justices said the lower court rulings that blocked Mr. Trump’s policy were far too broad, and said the president can begin to enforce his ban against foreigners who don’t already have some ties to the U.S. That means the president can begin denying visas to visitors from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who don’t already have family in the U.S., or some other prior connection such as
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Hillary Clinton cited a study showing young people who read the Harry Potter series are "more compassionate" toward immigrants and LGBT community members during her speech Tuesday in Chicago. Clinton made the reference while delivering a speech at the American Library Association´s annual conference, as fans of the popular book series celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first novel´s release. "Years of data suggest that reading fiction builds empathy," she said. "It helps us put ourselves in others´ shoes. One study even found that young people who read the Harry Potter books, which first came out 20 years ago this week, were