Attorney and legal analyst Alan Dershowitz spoke with Sean Hannity Wednesday night on the Democrats’ unconstitutional push to impeach President Trump; saying any move to remove him from office would be putting themselves “above the law.”
“Fox has always had a much more diverse approach. Nobody has ever told me what to say on this show or any other show. I stand up for civil liberties no matter who the president is… Congress cannot impeach President Trump, if they did, they would be putting themselves above the law,” said Dershowitz.
“The Constitution outlines what requires impeachment: Treason, bribery, high-crimes and misdemeanors. Unless there’s compelling evidence of that, impeachment is not constitutionally permissible,” he added.
The New York Times published a “draft” Articles of Impeachment against President Trump days ago; mocking up a document that could be used as a roadmap for Congressional Democrats should they attempt to remove the President from office.
“Calls for President Trump’s impeachment are getting louder. Since the release of Robert Mueller’s report, White House stonewalling of congressional subpoenas and Mr. Mueller’s first public comments, almost 60 House Democrats, a quarter of the caucus, have said they support an impeachment inquiry,” writes the New York Times.
“What might impeachment articles against Mr. Trump look like? To find out, we reviewed the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Then we edited them — by removing and adding passages — to match the president’s conduct as described in the Mueller report and elsewhere,” adds the author.
Read the first section below:
The Russian government engaged in a sophisticated campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. On June 17, 1972, and prior thereto, agents of the Committee for the Re-election of the President committed unlawful entry of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, District of Columbia, for the purpose of securing political intelligence.May 17, 2017, a special counsel was appointed to investigate Russian interference, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign. The special counsel was also given “the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the special counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.” Subsequent thereto, Richard M. NixonDonald J. Trump, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede and obstruct the investigation of such illegal entryRussian contacts and potential obstruction of justice; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities.
DERSHOWITZ: Mueller’s Statement ‘Absolutely Inappropriate,’ Only Motive is to ‘Help the Democrats’
High-powered attorney and legal analyst Alan Dershowitz spoke with Sean Hannity Wednesday night about Robert Mueller’s last-minute press conference; calling the event “absolutely inappropriate.”
“You have tried, up until today, to defend Mueller, to respect the process… What did you see today that changed your mind?” asked Hannity.
“What I saw today was him putting his thumb, his elbow on the scale. When he said, ‘If we had confidence the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.’ That was absolutely inappropriate. It was worse than anything Comey said when he exonerated Hillary Clinton,” said Dershowitz.
“This is much, much worse. It does show that he had a motive to help the Democrats. There’s no other possible motive,” he added.
Top Democrats and a handful of 2020 presidential candidate are now using Robert Mueller’s Wednesday address to push the impeachment of Donald Trump; saying the special counsel’s comments were a clear “tipping point.”
“Prominent Democrats are ramping up calls to impeach President Trump in the aftermath of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday recapping his investigation’s findings and emphasizing his report did not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice,” reports Fox News.
“With respect to [the] impeachment question, at this point all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out,” said House Judiciary Chairman Nadler.
“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” posted Cory Booker on social media.
Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 29, 2019
“Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should,” added Elizabeth Warren.
Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 29, 2019
“What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable. We need to start impeachment proceedings. It’s our constitutional obligation,” posted Sen. Harris.
What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable.
We need to start impeachment proceedings. It's our constitutional obligation.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 29, 2019
“There must be consequences, accountability, and justice. The only way to ensure that is to begin impeachment proceedings,” said Beto O’Rourke.
There must be consequences, accountability, and justice. The only way to ensure that is to begin impeachment proceedings.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 29, 2019
Read the full report at Fox News.
REPORT: Paul Manafort to Serve his Prison Sentence at New York City’s Infamous Rikers Island
Fox News is now reporting that Paul Manafort will likely serve his seven year prison sentence in solitary confinement at New York City’s Rikers Island; a decision Alan Dershowitz describes as “abusive and possibly illegal.”
“The decision to move Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was sentenced earlier this year to nearly seven years in prison in connection with two federal cases, from the decent federal prison to which he was sentenced to solitary confinement to the dangerous hell hole that is New York City’s Rikers Island seems abusive and possibly illegal,” writes Alan Dershowitz.
“I know Rikers well having spent time there visiting numerous defendants accused of murder and other violent crimes. It is a terrible place that no one should ever be sent to,” he adds. “It should be shut down. It is so bad that defendants often plead guilty, even if they have defensible cases, simply to move to a safer and better prison.”
“Whatever the reason for the transfer, it seems like the selective application of the law for partisan purposes. The tactic of squeezing a potential witness by making his imprisonment unbearably harsh is generally reserved for mafioso, terrorists and other violent criminals who may have evidence against their bosses,” Dershowitz concludes.
A federal judge added an additional 43 months to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s prison term earlier this year; making his total incarceration time 7 ½ years for tax and bank fraud charges as well as witness tampering.
The decision came weeks after Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for charges uncovered -yet unrelated- to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 13, 2019
“I am sorry for what I have done and for all of the activities that have gotten us here today,” said Manafort during the sentencing. “I know that it was my conduct that brought me here today. For that, I am remorseful.”
The additional time is related to charges of witness tampering and foreign laundering.
Read Dershowitz’ full response here.