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.
GETTYSBURG, Pa.- Officials with the National Park Service said the Confederate monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania will not be removed from the battlefield. Katie Lawhon, senior adviser for the park service´s Gettysburg battlefield office, told the Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/2uTe2rn ) the site-specific memorials are important, and the park service´s job is to historically and objectively tell the stories the monuments commemorate. Her reassurance comes after a heated debate over Confederate monuments spread across the U.S. Three people died amid turmoil in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Five terrorists were shot dead by police in the early hours of this morning after they attempted a second attack in a beach resort near Barcelona - hours after an atrocity in the Spanish city killed 13. Seven members of the public including a policeman were hurt in the latest attack in Cambrils, 70 miles south-west of Barcelona, which saw the Jihadis’ car overturn before they were gunned down by armed police. Footage from the scene appears to show bodies wearing suicide belts strewn around the seafront. Bystanders had jumped onto the beach when gunshots rang out at around 1am
Brad Dacus was thousands of miles away in California last weekend when the Charlottesville protest erupted, so he was flabbergasted when CNN labeled his Pacific Justice Institute a “hate group.” “Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” said the CNN wire story headline on Chicago’s WGN-TV website. The article listed the 917 organizations on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s much-disputed “hate map,” which names racist groups like the Aryan Nation alongside mainstream conservative organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council. Mr. Dacus’ conservative Sacramento-based institute, which specializes in religious-liberty cases, was featured
Democratic candidate for Maryland´s governorship Ben Jealous was arrested on Tuesday outside the White House during an immigration rally. Jealous was leading the rally around the White House when he and 26 others were taken into custody, CBS reports. The rally was in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program. "His actions today are consistent with his life-long work as a civil rights leader and community organizer, including his efforts to steer passage of the Maryland Dream Act," Jealous spokesman Kevin Harris said. Jealous was the president of the NAACP for five years and was initially
Former Vice President Al Gore said his one piece of advice to President Trump would be to "resign" immediately. Gore made the statement in a video interview published Thursday on LAD Bible, the United Kingdom´s largest entertainment website. He was there to discuss climate change and his new documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which was released this month. The interviewer asked if there was "one piece of advice" for Trump, what would it be? He responded: "Resign." The interview appears to have been recorded before the premiere of Gore´s new film in the U.K. on Aug. 10. Gore´s
More evidence of the emerging No Go Zones investigated by Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam in a new book has emerged in Birmingham, England, where a message reading ‘NO Whites Allowed After 8 pm’ appeared on the side of a building in the inner-city neighbourhood of Alum Rock. The Birmingham Mail traced the graffiti to the corner of Farndon Road after the image was shared in a Facebook post — since deleted — by a page called Brumz Updates. Local councillor Ali Khan, a Labour Party representative, told the paper that similar messages had been scrawled on stickers and affixed
FOX News reports former IT aide for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Imran Awan, has been indicted on four counts. In July, Awan was arrested at Dulles airport while trying to flee the United States. (Photos) Per FOX News: Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements. The indictment also includes his wife Hina Alvi. The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board
The Interior Department said Thursday that it is sending tens of millions of dollars in historic preservation grants to help states preserve "our national heritage and history." The announcement comes after President Trump tweeted that he considers the statues of Confederate war heroes taken down recently in Baltimore and other cities an affront to history. Although the agency´s announcement does not highlight the Confederate statues for preservation, nor does it discuss the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., that sparked the move to remove the statues, it does point out the need to help communities protect historic landmarks. "These grants highlight the
A report in the New York Times that explored whether President Trump harbors racial animus interviewed several of Trump´s black friends for the story, most of whom said they never saw signs of racism. Only Democratic activist and liberal MSNBC host Al Sharpton said he sees signs of racism in Trump. The story, published Thursday in light of Trump´s comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., said, "more than ever, the question is being asked: Is Mr. Trump personally racist?" Among those interviewed was Kara Young, a biracial former girlfriend of Trump´s, who said, "That was not my experience" in
President Donald Trump has evoked strong criticism from politicians and pundits after telling reporters on Tuesday that there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville. But support for the president’s claim has come from an unlikely source: the “failing” New York Times, which interviewed one of those “very fine” people for an article otherwise critical of Trump, arguing that his remarks have led to a widening split in the Republican Party. The Times reported Wednesday evening: ”Good people can go to Charlottesville,” said Michelle Piercy, a night shift worker at a Wichita, Kan., retirement home, who drove all
Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of emboldening vandals to set fire to a bust of Abraham Lincoln that has stood as a symbol of freedom in West Englewood for nearly a century. Lopez said Trump’s widely-condemned decision to twice blame “both sides” for the white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Virginia has emboldened haters. “When you have a President who, from his point of moral authority as leader of the free world, condones the actions of white supremacists, neo-Nazis … when he refuses to refute what their actions are — you embolden people to
Three members of Antifa were arrested Wednesday night after they tangled with Chicago police outside of a courthouse on the city´s northwest side. The "protesters" were clad all in black with black bandanas covering their faces. They claimed to be there to demonstrate against a man facing arraignment inside the courtroom, who they said had ties to "white supremacist" and "right wing" groups. But what started out as a run-of-the-mill leftist rally featuring the same, old, tired, scripted chants ("Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Neo-Nazis go away!"), ended in a melee after Chicago police showed up to try to contain the demonstration.
Evidence is turning up from, of all places, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as Breitbart and others, that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the suspicious and supposed Alt-Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. that blew up in everyone´s face, is a cunning lefty holdover from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a former Barack Obama supporter. I smell Soros money, sabotage, and Democrat dirty tricks here. I´ve been suspicious of the nature of the violence at this supposed Alt-Right demonstration since the news first began breaking. It is no secret that radical elements in the Democrat left have
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A crowd of ignorant protesters pulled down a bronze Confederate statue that stood before a county government building in Durham, North Carolina — the angry national backlash to the Charlottesville brouhaha over the Robert E. Lee monument. This is not how civil societies operate. And yet this is what the left has brought, and now cheers. What’s next — burning books with offensive content? Burning books written by those who used to own slaves? At the very least, museums will have to go. The problem with revising history based on a standard of “feeling offensive” — as this anti-Confederate craze is rooted — is that someone,
Former presidential candidate and current Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich may be moving closer to mounting a primary challenge against President Trump in the 2020 election. Sources close to Kasich told Willie Geist of the "Today Show" there is growing a sense of "moral imperative" to run against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020 following his controversial statements on the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. (Tweet) Kasich has long been critical of Trump. On Tuesday, Kasich criticized Trump´s Charlottesville comments, saying "there is no moral equivalency to Nazi sympathizers" following Trump´s tumultuous press conference. Kasich, who lost to Trump
CNN host Wolf Blitzer said Thursday there would be questions if the Barcelona terror attack involving a van crashing into a group of people was a "copycat" of what happened in Charlottesville, Va. At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 were injured in Barcelona on Thursday when men rammed their van into a crowd of pedestrians at Las Ramblas, a popular tourism area in the city in northeastern Spain. The attack came five days after a man with white supremacist group ties was arrested for driving his car into a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one
Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was "blame on both sides" for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based "public relations firm specializing in innovative events" to serve as agitators in counterprotests. The ad was posted by a company called "Crowds on Demand" and offered $25 per hour to "actors and photographers"
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has weighed in on the weekend´s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, castigating Donald Trump without naming him. ´We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis,´ McConnell said in a statement. The choice of words, while careful, appeared to push back against Trump´s claim on Tuesday that some ´very fine people´ were among a crowd of white supremacists who rallied in the college town. McConnell´s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, stood next to Trump on Tuesday as he insisted both sides of the weekend´s clash bore some responsibility for
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned President Trump on Wednesday that his “words are dividing Americans, not healing them” in the wake of the bloody clashes in Virginia that has sparked a national conversation about white supremacists and race. Mr. Graham also vowed that Republicans will “fight back against the idea that the party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world.” “Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like
As James Bond’s nemesis Auric Goldfinger famously observed, “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.” On Tuesday evening, three prominent Republicans — Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — endorsed the left-wing media’s preferred narrative and embraced the masked thugs of Antifa as heroes. McCain and Romney used almost identical language, bending their knees to the media narrative that only two factions were present in Charlottesville during the awful events of last weekend: white supremacist Nazis and “Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry.”
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NEW YORK- They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists, Donald Trump´s loyal base is happy to absolve the president himself. Even as Trump´s zig-zag response to the weekend bloodshed in Charlottesville, Virginia, has brought criticism from some Republican lawmakers, many men and women who helped put him in office remain unmoved by the latest uproar. "He has done nothing to turn me away from
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