Anderson Cooper holds himself on a high pedestal. He thinks that he’s the end-all-be-all. And when it comes to Trump, he has one opinion. And if you don’t agree with it, you are wrong.
Well, Democratic Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz just knocked King Cooper down a few notches when he told the CNN host that Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee showed no evidence that Trump obstructed justice.
Dershowitz explained that the Constitution allows the president to direct an intelligence agent to stop or start an investigation at any time.
As proof of this, he cited the fact that Trump could have easily pardoned former national security advisor Michael Flynn and the entire investigation would have been over anyway.
“Trump could have told Comey, ‘You are commanded, you are directed, to drop the prosecution against Flynn.’ The president has the right to do that,” he explained. “Remember also what the president could’ve done. He could’ve said to Comey, ‘Stop this investigation, I am now pardoning Flynn. That’s what President Bush did.”
Dershowitz then cited the case of Caspar Weinberger, who was pardoned by George H.W. Bush before he could be tried in connection to the Iran-Contra scandal.
“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, his constitutional authority to tell the director of the FBI who to prosecute, who not to prosecute.”
Cooper wasn’t accepting that answer. He pressed on:
“You don’t believe he was trying to influence of impede any possible or further investigation into Flynn?”
The professor crushed Cooper into silence.
“What I’m telling you is that even if he did want it to impede it, and even if he did impede it, that is his constitutional power. He has the right to say, ‘You will not investigate Flynn.’”
Alan Dershowitz: "You cannot have obstruction of justice when the President exercises his constitutional authority" https://t.co/yU7cy0NFuM
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