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MSNBC host snarks at Alan Dershowitz over Russian probe, and he shuts her down – TheBlaze.com

MSNBCs Joy Reid thought it was a good idea to mock famedlawyer andprofessor emeritus at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz, but he shut her down with just one tweet.

Her criticism was aimed at his opinion that the investigation into Russian interference and collusion endangers democracy. Rather than engage with him on the merits of the case, she mocked that he was posing opinions out of opportunistic self-interest.

If by democracy you mean Alan Dershhowitz [sic] getting a Supreme Court seat or at least solicitor general for his obsequious loyalty to Trump, she tweeted, with a link to a story at The Hill reporting Dershowitzs comments about the investigation.

The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [President Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy. [It] reminds me of what the head of the KGB said to Stalin: Show me the man, and I will find you the crime,’ Dershowitzsaid on a radio talk show.

[This is] where things happen in darkness and secrecy. The American public doesnt learn about it, he said.

Dershowitz took to Twitter Monday to respond to Reids criticism.

Ad hominems dont respond to serious arguments, he posted simply.

He referred to the logical fallacy which has to do with an interlocutor assailing her rhetorical opponent with insults rather than attacking the argument.

Dershowitz also responded to former White House Ethics Counsel Richard Painter, a frequent Trump critic, over the same comments.

As a civil libertarian I cant remain silent in the face of violations of civil liberties regardless of the political implications, he tweeted. Thats the difference between me and partisans who place politics over principles.

Special Counsel Mueller has reportedly opened a grand jury investigation into the matter, while many have speculated that Trump is looking to fire him in order to end the politically damaging investigation.

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It’s Not Racist To Argue That Mueller Benefits From Washington Grand Jury Location – WBUR

wbur A woman walks past the George Gordon Meade Memorial in front of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, Aug. 10, 2017, in Washington, where the Trump grand jury will meet. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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When Robert Mueller convened a second grand jury in Washington,D.C., I suggested that the new location would give the prosecutor a tactical advantage in a criminal trial against DonaldTrump or his associates, because the Washingtonjury pool will be overwhelmingly Democratic, by a ratio of almost10 to 1. The Virginia pool is politically more diverse. I wrote:

There is the third rail issue of race. [A] predominantly white jury can be a different institution than a predominantly black jury. [T]here is no one-to-one association; predominantly black juries convict black defendants and acquit white defendants all the time, and predominantly white juries acquit black defendants and convict white defendants as well. But to say that race doesnt matter at all blinks reality…

I have made similar points on radio and television.Jury experts would agree that aWashingtontrialjury might be less favorable to President Trump and his associates than a Virginia jury.

As a result of making this obvious point, partisan bigots have accused me of racism.This is whatCongresswoman MaxineWaters saidon MSNBC:

What [Dershowitz] is saying is all of those black people are there and they don’t like Trump and so he’s not going to get a fair trial and so they should take it out of that jurisdiction. It shouldn’t be there to begin with. I don’t like that, and I’m surprised that Alan Dershowitz is talking like that. We will not stand for it. We will push back against that because that is absolutely racist.

As a result of making this obvious point, partisan bigots have accused me of racism.

I then participated in a radio debate with former Judge Nancy Gertner, an old friend.I asked her whether she thought that I was a racist, confident that she would,say, “No.” Instead, she said: I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me.

If I were generous, I would believe she meantthat if she answered the question honestly that of course,Im not a racist for having made a correct statement she would have incriminated herself among her partisan friends. But listeners interpretedher equivocal statement to meanthat I am a racist for saying to the media what I have heard her say many times: that the racial composition of a trialjury alwaysmatters.

In an opinion piece for Cognoscenti, Gertner laterwrotethat since a Trump-relatedtrialwouldnot involve race, the racial composition of the jurywouldn’tmatter because when it comes to espionage and the selling of the presidency we are all Americans. It would follow from this argumentthat an all-white jury in Mississippi, comprised of all Americans, would be as fair to a black man charged with espionage as would a more diverse jury. Nonsense!

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers a groupin which Gertner has been active conducts seminars on difficult topics, such as race in jury selection.Does she regard this as racist?

Joel Cohen a prominent former prosecutor and current defense lawyer –offereda critique of some of my arguments, while acknowledging that what I have said is accurate:

[A]ny prosecutor, holding a glass of wine in his hand –in vino veritas– who might seek indictments arising out of the current investigation, would acknowledge that he would prefer a trial jury made up of black Democrats, rather than white and perhaps, Republicans. And where the indicting grand jury sits is where the trial will ultimately take place.

Reasonable people can disagree about whether Mueller took this wisdom into account in making [his] decision …

Cohen notes that prosecutors often try to challenge black jurors potentially seated for a prosecution of a black defendant, believing a black juror would favor a black defendant (or a Jewish juror a Jewish defendant; a Russian juror you get it). He notes that while in 1986 the Supreme Court denounced this practice by prosecutors, thisold school wisdom still persists.

Reasonable people can disagree about whether Mueller took this wisdom into account in making this decision, and it is a fair subject for debate without name-calling. Cohen did this when he acknowledged that, while he disagrees with some of my arguments, Im not a racist. Period! He aptly notes that the issues are nuanced, and that I am analyzing and appraising them as such: [Dershowitz] is a commentator, and one willing (and inclined) to stick his neck out over controversial issues. And, here, he is indeed speaking reality.Gertner could have said something similar.

Gertners argument that Im irresponsible because Mueller cannot respond, is wrong. Grand jury secrecy does not prevent Mueller from explaining why he needed a second grand jury. I have heard Gertner criticize judges and prosecutors who could not respond.

If Hillary Clinton had been elected president and she were being investigated in Washington, and the prosecutor sought a second grand jury in Virginia, many of my Democratic friends would complain that moving the case from the overwhelmingly Democratic District of Columbia to more diverse Virginia would give the prosecutor an advantage. The double standard of people criticizing me for making an argument they would have made had the shoe been on the other foot should be obvious to everyone.

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Alan Dershowitz: Liberals have a special obligation to condemn bigotry of the Left – Washington Examiner

Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that liberals had a special obligation to condemn bigotry on the left side of the political spectrum, just as President Trump did for those on the right who claim to speak on his behalf.

“I don’t want to make moral equivalence,” Dershowitz told AM 970’s John Catsimatidis, responding to a question about the Charlottesville violence and the ensuing national conversation around race relations and Confederate monuments. “But having said that, that doesn’t give a pass to the people on the hard left, who are themselves engaged in violence and also some bigotry of their own.”

He continued, saying Confederate statues needed to be put in context — for example, in a museum — rather than simply being destroyed.

Turning to the Russian probe, Dershowitz said that special counsel Robert Mueller was endangering democracy because the investigation could criminalize politics.

“The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with (President Trump) politically and target him really endangers democracy,” Dershowitz said. “We should only be using the criminal justice system against obvious crimes, crimes that are not stretched and manufactured to fit a particular person.”

Congress ought to have appointed a special committee like it did in the aftermath of Sept. 11, Dershowitz said.

“To give it to a special counsel means it goes behind closed doors to a grand jury where people are not represented, where things happen in darkness and secrecy,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on. We get leaks, but the leaks are selective leaks. They shouldn’t happen.”

Dershowitz added that former FBI director James Comey was one of the worst leakers and slammed him for setting “a very bad” precedent for those working with classified information.

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Dershowitz: Russia investigation ‘endangers democracy’ – The Hill

Attorney Alan Dershowitz says special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia”endangers Democracy.”

“The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy. [It] reminds me of what the head of the KGB said to Stalin: ‘Show me the man, and I will find you the crime,'” Dershowitz told John Catsimatidis onNew York’s AM 970in an interview that aired on Sunday.

“[This is] where things happen in darkness and secrecy. The American public doesn’t learn about it,” he said, accusing the investigatorsof not sharing information with the public. “This exactly the wrong way to approach the problem of Russias attempt to influence American election. We do not know what is going on.We get leaks, but the leaks are selective leaks.”

“One of the worst offenders of leaks is the former head of the FBI, Comey,” Dershowitz says. “[He] created a very very bad precedent for people in government, making it sound like it is okay to leak material. It is not okay to leak material.”

Comey had a friend leakseveral memos of his conversations with President Trump to theNew York Times shortly after he was dismissed from the FBI in May.

The conversations detailed in the memos, in which Trump appears to ask Comey to drop his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, are widely credited as the deciding factor that led to the formation of Mueller’s special counsel office.

Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and alleged collusion between Trump campaign staff and Moscow.

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Dershowitz: Trump Has More Credibility Than Obama on North Korea – Townhall

Alan Dershowitz said President Trump has more credibility when it comes to North Korea than his predecessor did.

The liberal Harvard law professor noted how he hoped Trump isnt doing what President Obama did with Syria when he failed to follow through after drawing a red line.

“I think that probably at this point President Trump has more credibility,” Dershowitz said on “Fox & Friends” Saturday.

Many lawmakers have expressed frustration over Trumps rhetoric regarding North Korea, but the professor said it would be a mistake for Congress to interfere and try to pass legislation to block Trump from taking military action against Pyongyang if necessary.

“That actually blunts any presidential impact and I think it interferes with the president’s right as commander in chief to make decisions affecting the national security of the United States, he said. I think we ought to take a deep breath and wait and see how it plays out.

Last week Trump said North Korea would be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen should they continue their provocations.

He then threatened that U.S. military solutions are ready to respond.

Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! he tweeted Friday.

But some lawmakers have taken issue with the presidents tough talk.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said his recent comments are recklessly belligerent and demonstrate a grave lack of appreciation for the severity of the North Korea nuclear situation.

Isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said. “And President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments.

Some Republicans have also joined Democrats in criticizing Trumps rhetoric.

Sen. John McCain, for example, said he take[s] exception to the president’s comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do.

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Dershowitz: Trump Has ‘More Credibility’ Than Obama With North Korea – Fox News Insider

Alan Dershowitz stated that President Trump enjoys more credibility with North Korea than Obama did with his foreign policy.

The Harvard law professor said one hopes President Trump is not following in President Obama’s footsteps when Obama drew a red line regarding Syria but failed to follow through on the consequences when Syria crossed it.

“I think that probably at this point President Trump has more credibility,” Dershowitz told “Fox & Friends” on Saturday.

Dershowitz added that it interferes with the president’s job to have Congress trying to pass legislation to block the commander-in-chief from military action in North Korea.

“I think we ought to take a deep breath and wait and see how it plays out,” the lawyer advised.

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President Trump did not mince words earlier this week responding to North Korea’s provocations, saying the U.S. will respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The United States’ defenses are “locked and loaded,” the president tweeted.

Democrats came out swinging against the president yesterday for his tough talk stance against the rogue nation.

“The president’s most recent comments are recklessly belligerent and demonstrate a grave lack of appreciation for the severity of the North Korea nuclear situation,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

“The erratic and fiery belligerence of his statements and tweets do little to defuse the situation and threaten to make a bad situation worse,” Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) said.

While diplomatic solutions remain on the table, the rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea has risen to a fever pitch in the last week.

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Robert Mueller recently impaneled a grand jury in the Trump-Russiainvestigation. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz observed that impaneling the grand jury in the District of Columbia gives prosecutors anadvantage. After all, more than 90% of D.C. voted for Hillary so the chances of pulling jurors sympathetic to Trump are far lower there than in neighboring Virginia where the vote was more evenly split. This should not be in any way a controversial analysisunless youre crazy Maxine Waters who decided that Dershowitz spoke out of racism.

Waters had said it was absolutely racist for Dershowitz to assert that special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., because it has a solidly Democratic and ethnic and racial composition not favorable to President Trump.

What he is saying is all of those black people are there and they dont like Trump and so hes not going to get a fair trial and so they should take it out of that jurisdiction. It shouldnt be there to begin with. I dont like that, and Im surprised that Alan Dershowitz is talking like that, Waters told MSNBCs Chris Hayes on Friday night.

We will not stand for it. We will push back against that because that is absolutely racist, she added.

Im not sure who the we is in that statement, but Waters has been a frequent sideshow on Hayes show since she became the leading anti-Trump conspiracy theorist in the Democratic Party.

Dershowitz was having none of it though.

She tosses around that term so promiscuously that it dilutes the term. She hurts her own cause because shes crying wolf, the prominent attorney and constitutional law scholartoldLaura Ingraham, who was filling in for Tucker Carlson on Fox News. If everybodys a racist, then no one is a racist. If I am a racist, then what is she going to call real, real racism?

I marched in the South, I was involved in the civil rights movement all of my life, he continued. Being black does not give you a license to call someone a racist just like being Jewish doesnt give you a license to call people anti-Semites unless they actually are racists or anti-Semites.

People accused of racism like thisoften choosenot to push back because there is a false perception thatthe accusers ethnicity actually does grant them the authority to convict others of bigotry. On the left there are people who implicitly believe ones race makes them an authority on racismand there are people who cynically wield that perception to their political advantage. I still havent figured out to which group Maxine Waters belongs. Maybe both.

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Alan Dershowitz said that the Justice Department made very clear that sitting presidents cannot be “indicted, prosecuted, or tried while serving in office.”

The Harvard law professor reminded everyone that the president must first be impeached and removed from office before he can be charged with a crime.

The information waters have been murky lately on what exactly is being investigated as far as alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Washington Post reported last week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating the president for obstruction of justice over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Subsequent reports contradicted this, saying that Mueller has not decided whether to investigate the president.

Regarding the investigation Dershowitz said, “The answer is ‘ish.’ He’s under investigation ‘ish.'”

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“The president would be making a terrible mistake by getting into the weeds of arguing the facts rather than sticking to the conceptual constitutional issues,” Dershowitz said.

He was quick to lament that President Trump often finds himself the weeds because he is always tweeting.

“If I were the president’s lawyer the first thing I would do is bring some masking tape and a pair of mittens,” Dershowitz quipped.

“This president got elected by tweeting so no lawyer is going to tell him to stop tweeting,” he admitted.

Dershowitz told Martha MacCallum that Trump is “entitled to make judgments” for what’s in America’s best interest when it comes to Russia.

“Imagine if a single prosecutor could end the presidency of somebody by simply indicting them,” he said.

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Appearing with MSNBC host Ari Melber, former law professor and attorney Alan Dershowitz grew aggravated when asked to defend his comments about the racial composition of the D.C. grand jury looking at President Donald Trump.

Last week, during a radio interview, Dershowitz commented The District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration.

Pressed on his comments, Dershowitz told Melber that demography matters, before stating that the MSNBC host was deliberately distorting his words.

If the ultimate jury for a potential indictment has not been selected yet, and the grand jury is secret, and nobody knows the race of either of those potential groups, how is race relevant? Melber asked.

Dershowitz attempted to make the point that jury pools in D.C. and Virginia, would be demographically different.

Pressed again by Melber over his comments, Dershowitz shot back, I am not making a controversial point. Youre trying to make it controversial.

You have no idea why Im trying to ask you a question or not, and youre sidetracking by suggesting my question is in pursuit of controversy, Melber responded.

After some back and forth, Melber asked Dershowitz, Have you provided any formal counsel to Donald Trump or his aides or accepted any money or would you consider providing counsel to them?

Dershowitz replied, Please dont try to insult my integrity.

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MSNBC host snarks at Alan Dershowitz over Russian probe, and he shuts her down – TheBlaze.com

MSNBCs Joy Reid thought it was a good idea to mock famedlawyer andprofessor emeritus at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz, but he shut her down with just one tweet. Her criticism was aimed at his opinion that the investigation into Russian interference and collusion endangers democracy. Rather than engage with him on the merits of the case, she mocked that he was posing opinions out of opportunistic self-interest. If by democracy you mean Alan Dershhowitz [sic] getting a Supreme Court seat or at least solicitor general for his obsequious loyalty to Trump, she tweeted, with a link to a story at The Hill reporting Dershowitzs comments about the investigation. The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [President Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy. [It] reminds me of what the head of the KGB said to Stalin: Show me the man, and I will find you the crime,’ Dershowitzsaid on a radio talk show. [This is] where things happen in darkness and secrecy. The American public doesnt learn about it, he said. Dershowitz took to Twitter Monday to respond to Reids criticism. Ad hominems dont respond to serious arguments, he posted simply. He referred to the logical fallacy which has to do with an interlocutor assailing her rhetorical opponent with insults rather than attacking the argument. Dershowitz also responded to former White House Ethics Counsel Richard Painter, a frequent Trump critic, over the same comments. As a civil libertarian I cant remain silent in the face of violations of civil liberties regardless of the political implications, he tweeted. Thats the difference between me and partisans who place politics over principles. Special Counsel Mueller has reportedly opened a grand jury investigation into the matter, while many have speculated that Trump is looking to fire him in order to end the politically damaging investigation.

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It’s Not Racist To Argue That Mueller Benefits From Washington Grand Jury Location – WBUR

wbur A woman walks past the George Gordon Meade Memorial in front of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, Aug. 10, 2017, in Washington, where the Trump grand jury will meet. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter. When Robert Mueller convened a second grand jury in Washington,D.C., I suggested that the new location would give the prosecutor a tactical advantage in a criminal trial against DonaldTrump or his associates, because the Washingtonjury pool will be overwhelmingly Democratic, by a ratio of almost10 to 1. The Virginia pool is politically more diverse. I wrote: There is the third rail issue of race. [A] predominantly white jury can be a different institution than a predominantly black jury. [T]here is no one-to-one association; predominantly black juries convict black defendants and acquit white defendants all the time, and predominantly white juries acquit black defendants and convict white defendants as well. But to say that race doesnt matter at all blinks reality… I have made similar points on radio and television.Jury experts would agree that aWashingtontrialjury might be less favorable to President Trump and his associates than a Virginia jury. As a result of making this obvious point, partisan bigots have accused me of racism.This is whatCongresswoman MaxineWaters saidon MSNBC: What [Dershowitz] is saying is all of those black people are there and they don’t like Trump and so he’s not going to get a fair trial and so they should take it out of that jurisdiction. It shouldn’t be there to begin with. I don’t like that, and I’m surprised that Alan Dershowitz is talking like that. We will not stand for it. We will push back against that because that is absolutely racist. As a result of making this obvious point, partisan bigots have accused me of racism. I then participated in a radio debate with former Judge Nancy Gertner, an old friend.I asked her whether she thought that I was a racist, confident that she would,say, “No.” Instead, she said: I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me. If I were generous, I would believe she meantthat if she answered the question honestly that of course,Im not a racist for having made a correct statement she would have incriminated herself among her partisan friends. But listeners interpretedher equivocal statement to meanthat I am a racist for saying to the media what I have heard her say many times: that the racial composition of a trialjury alwaysmatters. In an opinion piece for Cognoscenti, Gertner laterwrotethat since a Trump-relatedtrialwouldnot involve race, the racial composition of the jurywouldn’tmatter because when it comes to espionage and the selling of the presidency we are all Americans. It would follow from this argumentthat an all-white jury in Mississippi, comprised of all Americans, would be as fair to a black man charged with espionage as would a more diverse jury. Nonsense! The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers a groupin which Gertner has been active conducts seminars on difficult topics, such as race in jury selection.Does she regard this as racist? Joel Cohen a prominent former prosecutor and current defense lawyer –offereda critique of some of my arguments, while acknowledging that what I have said is accurate: [A]ny prosecutor, holding a glass of wine in his hand –in vino veritas– who might seek indictments arising out of the current investigation, would acknowledge that he would prefer a trial jury made up of black Democrats, rather than white and perhaps, Republicans. And where the indicting grand jury sits is where the trial will ultimately take place. Reasonable people can disagree about whether Mueller took this wisdom into account in making [his] decision … Cohen notes that prosecutors often try to challenge black jurors potentially seated for a prosecution of a black defendant, believing a black juror would favor a black defendant (or a Jewish juror a Jewish defendant; a Russian juror you get it). He notes that while in 1986 the Supreme Court denounced this practice by prosecutors, thisold school wisdom still persists. Reasonable people can disagree about whether Mueller took this wisdom into account in making this decision, and it is a fair subject for debate without name-calling. Cohen did this when he acknowledged that, while he disagrees with some of my arguments, Im not a racist. Period! He aptly notes that the issues are nuanced, and that I am analyzing and appraising them as such: [Dershowitz] is a commentator, and one willing (and inclined) to stick his neck out over controversial issues. And, here, he is indeed speaking reality.Gertner could have said something similar. Gertners argument that Im irresponsible because Mueller cannot respond, is wrong. Grand jury secrecy does not prevent Mueller from explaining why he needed a second grand jury. I have heard Gertner criticize judges and prosecutors who could not respond. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president and she were being investigated in Washington, and the prosecutor sought a second grand jury in Virginia, many of my Democratic friends would complain that moving the case from the overwhelmingly Democratic District of Columbia to more diverse Virginia would give the prosecutor an advantage. The double standard of people criticizing me for making an argument they would have made had the shoe been on the other foot should be obvious to everyone. Follow Cognoscenti on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter. Alan M. Dershowitz Cognoscenti contributor Alan M. 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Alan Dershowitz: Liberals have a special obligation to condemn bigotry of the Left – Washington Examiner

Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that liberals had a special obligation to condemn bigotry on the left side of the political spectrum, just as President Trump did for those on the right who claim to speak on his behalf. “I don’t want to make moral equivalence,” Dershowitz told AM 970’s John Catsimatidis, responding to a question about the Charlottesville violence and the ensuing national conversation around race relations and Confederate monuments. “But having said that, that doesn’t give a pass to the people on the hard left, who are themselves engaged in violence and also some bigotry of their own.” He continued, saying Confederate statues needed to be put in context — for example, in a museum — rather than simply being destroyed. Turning to the Russian probe, Dershowitz said that special counsel Robert Mueller was endangering democracy because the investigation could criminalize politics. “The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with (President Trump) politically and target him really endangers democracy,” Dershowitz said. “We should only be using the criminal justice system against obvious crimes, crimes that are not stretched and manufactured to fit a particular person.” Congress ought to have appointed a special committee like it did in the aftermath of Sept. 11, Dershowitz said. “To give it to a special counsel means it goes behind closed doors to a grand jury where people are not represented, where things happen in darkness and secrecy,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on. We get leaks, but the leaks are selective leaks. They shouldn’t happen.” Dershowitz added that former FBI director James Comey was one of the worst leakers and slammed him for setting “a very bad” precedent for those working with classified information.

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Dershowitz: Russia investigation ‘endangers democracy’ – The Hill

Attorney Alan Dershowitz says special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia”endangers Democracy.” “The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy. [It] reminds me of what the head of the KGB said to Stalin: ‘Show me the man, and I will find you the crime,'” Dershowitz told John Catsimatidis onNew York’s AM 970in an interview that aired on Sunday. “[This is] where things happen in darkness and secrecy. The American public doesn’t learn about it,” he said, accusing the investigatorsof not sharing information with the public. “This exactly the wrong way to approach the problem of Russias attempt to influence American election. We do not know what is going on.We get leaks, but the leaks are selective leaks.” “One of the worst offenders of leaks is the former head of the FBI, Comey,” Dershowitz says. “[He] created a very very bad precedent for people in government, making it sound like it is okay to leak material. It is not okay to leak material.” Comey had a friend leakseveral memos of his conversations with President Trump to theNew York Times shortly after he was dismissed from the FBI in May. The conversations detailed in the memos, in which Trump appears to ask Comey to drop his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, are widely credited as the deciding factor that led to the formation of Mueller’s special counsel office. Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and alleged collusion between Trump campaign staff and Moscow.

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Dershowitz: Trump Has More Credibility Than Obama on North Korea – Townhall

Alan Dershowitz said President Trump has more credibility when it comes to North Korea than his predecessor did. The liberal Harvard law professor noted how he hoped Trump isnt doing what President Obama did with Syria when he failed to follow through after drawing a red line. “I think that probably at this point President Trump has more credibility,” Dershowitz said on “Fox & Friends” Saturday. Many lawmakers have expressed frustration over Trumps rhetoric regarding North Korea, but the professor said it would be a mistake for Congress to interfere and try to pass legislation to block Trump from taking military action against Pyongyang if necessary. “That actually blunts any presidential impact and I think it interferes with the president’s right as commander in chief to make decisions affecting the national security of the United States, he said. I think we ought to take a deep breath and wait and see how it plays out. Last week Trump said North Korea would be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen should they continue their provocations. He then threatened that U.S. military solutions are ready to respond. Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! he tweeted Friday. But some lawmakers have taken issue with the presidents tough talk. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said his recent comments are recklessly belligerent and demonstrate a grave lack of appreciation for the severity of the North Korea nuclear situation. Isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said. “And President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments. Some Republicans have also joined Democrats in criticizing Trumps rhetoric. Sen. John McCain, for example, said he take[s] exception to the president’s comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do.

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August 16, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Dershowitz: Trump Has ‘More Credibility’ Than Obama With North Korea – Fox News Insider

Alan Dershowitz stated that President Trump enjoys more credibility with North Korea than Obama did with his foreign policy. The Harvard law professor said one hopes President Trump is not following in President Obama’s footsteps when Obama drew a red line regarding Syria but failed to follow through on the consequences when Syria crossed it. “I think that probably at this point President Trump has more credibility,” Dershowitz told “Fox & Friends” on Saturday. Dershowitz added that it interferes with the president’s job to have Congress trying to pass legislation to block the commander-in-chief from military action in North Korea. “I think we ought to take a deep breath and wait and see how it plays out,” the lawyer advised. ‘Harsher to Me Than to MS-13’: Loesch Calls for Dem to Resign for Labeling Her Nat’l ‘Threat’ Vietnam Veterans Moved to Tears on Honor Flight to D.C. President Trump did not mince words earlier this week responding to North Korea’s provocations, saying the U.S. will respond with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The United States’ defenses are “locked and loaded,” the president tweeted. Democrats came out swinging against the president yesterday for his tough talk stance against the rogue nation. “The president’s most recent comments are recklessly belligerent and demonstrate a grave lack of appreciation for the severity of the North Korea nuclear situation,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “The erratic and fiery belligerence of his statements and tweets do little to defuse the situation and threaten to make a bad situation worse,” Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) said. While diplomatic solutions remain on the table, the rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea has risen to a fever pitch in the last week. WATCH: Trump Calls Guam Gov to ‘Say Hello’ and Promise Full Federal Support ‘Harsher to Me Than to MS-13’: Loesch Calls for Dem to Resign for Labeling Her Nat’l ‘Threat’

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August 15, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Watch Alan Dershowitz Shred Maxine Waters and her Unhinged …

Robert Mueller recently impaneled a grand jury in the Trump-Russiainvestigation. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz observed that impaneling the grand jury in the District of Columbia gives prosecutors anadvantage. After all, more than 90% of D.C. voted for Hillary so the chances of pulling jurors sympathetic to Trump are far lower there than in neighboring Virginia where the vote was more evenly split. This should not be in any way a controversial analysisunless youre crazy Maxine Waters who decided that Dershowitz spoke out of racism. Waters had said it was absolutely racist for Dershowitz to assert that special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., because it has a solidly Democratic and ethnic and racial composition not favorable to President Trump. What he is saying is all of those black people are there and they dont like Trump and so hes not going to get a fair trial and so they should take it out of that jurisdiction. It shouldnt be there to begin with. I dont like that, and Im surprised that Alan Dershowitz is talking like that, Waters told MSNBCs Chris Hayes on Friday night. We will not stand for it. We will push back against that because that is absolutely racist, she added. Im not sure who the we is in that statement, but Waters has been a frequent sideshow on Hayes show since she became the leading anti-Trump conspiracy theorist in the Democratic Party. Dershowitz was having none of it though. She tosses around that term so promiscuously that it dilutes the term. She hurts her own cause because shes crying wolf, the prominent attorney and constitutional law scholartoldLaura Ingraham, who was filling in for Tucker Carlson on Fox News. If everybodys a racist, then no one is a racist. If I am a racist, then what is she going to call real, real racism? I marched in the South, I was involved in the civil rights movement all of my life, he continued. Being black does not give you a license to call someone a racist just like being Jewish doesnt give you a license to call people anti-Semites unless they actually are racists or anti-Semites. People accused of racism like thisoften choosenot to push back because there is a false perception thatthe accusers ethnicity actually does grant them the authority to convict others of bigotry. On the left there are people who implicitly believe ones race makes them an authority on racismand there are people who cynically wield that perception to their political advantage. I still havent figured out to which group Maxine Waters belongs. Maybe both. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

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August 11, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Dershowitz: Sitting Presidents Can’t Be Indicted | Fox News …

ICE: Suspect in Murder of VA Muslim Teen Was in US Illegally Alan Dershowitz said that the Justice Department made very clear that sitting presidents cannot be “indicted, prosecuted, or tried while serving in office.” The Harvard law professor reminded everyone that the president must first be impeached and removed from office before he can be charged with a crime. The information waters have been murky lately on what exactly is being investigated as far as alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Washington Post reported last week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating the president for obstruction of justice over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Subsequent reports contradicted this, saying that Mueller has not decided whether to investigate the president. Regarding the investigation Dershowitz said, “The answer is ‘ish.’ He’s under investigation ‘ish.'” ‘You’re an Unbalanced Person’: Tucker Spars with NJ Dem Who Tweeted ‘Hunt GOP Congressmen’ “The president would be making a terrible mistake by getting into the weeds of arguing the facts rather than sticking to the conceptual constitutional issues,” Dershowitz said. He was quick to lament that President Trump often finds himself the weeds because he is always tweeting. “If I were the president’s lawyer the first thing I would do is bring some masking tape and a pair of mittens,” Dershowitz quipped. “This president got elected by tweeting so no lawyer is going to tell him to stop tweeting,” he admitted. Dershowitz told Martha MacCallum that Trump is “entitled to make judgments” for what’s in America’s best interest when it comes to Russia. “Imagine if a single prosecutor could end the presidency of somebody by simply indicting them,” he said. Watch the clip above, and check out further analysis from Dershowitz below. ‘DNC Could’ve Used You’: Trump Jokes About Email Hack to Cyber Exec ‘Assassination Porn’: Activist Defends Disrupting NYC Trump Stabbing Play Cruz: Russia Probe Is ‘Political Circus,’ Excuse for Dems & Media to Attack Trump

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August 10, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

WATCH: Alan Dershowitz blows up on MSNBC when called out on …

Appearing with MSNBC host Ari Melber, former law professor and attorney Alan Dershowitz grew aggravated when asked to defend his comments about the racial composition of the D.C. grand jury looking at President Donald Trump. Last week, during a radio interview, Dershowitz commented The District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration. Pressed on his comments, Dershowitz told Melber that demography matters, before stating that the MSNBC host was deliberately distorting his words. If the ultimate jury for a potential indictment has not been selected yet, and the grand jury is secret, and nobody knows the race of either of those potential groups, how is race relevant? Melber asked. Dershowitz attempted to make the point that jury pools in D.C. and Virginia, would be demographically different. Pressed again by Melber over his comments, Dershowitz shot back, I am not making a controversial point. Youre trying to make it controversial. You have no idea why Im trying to ask you a question or not, and youre sidetracking by suggesting my question is in pursuit of controversy, Melber responded. After some back and forth, Melber asked Dershowitz, Have you provided any formal counsel to Donald Trump or his aides or accepted any money or would you consider providing counsel to them? Dershowitz replied, Please dont try to insult my integrity. Watch the video below via MSNBC:

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August 10, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed


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