Dershowitz: No Plausible Case That Trump Obstructed Justice
Legal expert Alan Dershowitz shuts down CNN’s attempt to weave a case for bringing obstruction of justice charges against President Trump.
Dershowitz told an unhappy Anderson Cooper on CNN. “The President could have told Comey, ‘You are commanded, directed to drop the prosecution against Flynn.’ The President has the right to do that.”
Comey acknowledges that executive authority in his statement said Dershowitz. “Remember also what the President could have done”, Dershowitz added. “He could have said to Comey, ‘Stop this investigation. I am now pardoning Flynn.'”
Dershowitz flatly stated to an increasingly crestfallen Cooper, “You cannot have obstruction of justice when the President exercises his constitutional authority to pardon, his constitutional authority to fire the director of the FBI, or his constitutional authority to tell the director of the FBI who to prosecute, who not to prosecute.” Dershowitz then told Cooper to “get out of the weeds”, plainly meant as a warning to Cooper that any further on-air speculation on obstruction of justice charges was without any merit.
CNN’s legal lapdog, Jeffrey Toobin then jumped into the conversation.