Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz burst the bubble of gleeful leftists who are hoping that Michael Cohen’s plea deal for bank fraud and campaign finance violations will somehow pave the way for impeachment of President Trump through guilt by association.
But Dershowitz — a lifelong liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton — reiterated that President Trump has committed no impeachable offenses, and did not break campaign finance laws.
“He is more correct than his critics are,” Dershowitz said on the Fox News show “Special Report With Bret Baier.” “The law is clear that the president may contribute to his own campaign.
“So if the president had paid $280,000 to these two women — even if he had done so in order to help his campaign — that would be no problem. It would be legal. If Cohen himself made the contribution, that would be unlawful because he has a limit of $5,200.”
Dershowitz — an internationally recognized Constitutional Law scholar — dashed the hollow hopes of Democrats like Senator Kamala Harris, who claimed Trump is an “unindicted co-conspirator” simply because his former attorney, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to campaign finance violations.
Harris then used that lame argument to laughably suggest that President Trump should not be allowed to appoint a Supreme Court justice.
This President is an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony criminal investigation and should not have the ability to appoint someone to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh's hearing should be delayed until the investigation is resolved. pic.twitter.com/XosxY9DQ9q
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 22, 2018
Alan Dershowitz dismissed the liberal hysteria, saying the speculative emotional harangues of Trump-haters is not rooted in law.
“It’s not even a close question! That is so over-the-top,” Dershowitz said. “It is not a crime to contribute to your own campaign. [Even] if he had written a letter to these two women saying, ‘You’re going to hurt me in my campaign, I’m going to pay you $150,000 to help me get elected president and you have to keep it quiet, it’s hush money.’ It’s not a crime.”
Dershowitz then explained why Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, is caught between a rock and a hard place. “If he believes Cohen that the president directed him to do it, that’s not a crime at all,” he explained. “If he doesn’t believe Cohen, then Cohen has committed a crime and not the president.”
As BizPac Review reported, Lanny Davis is an active, current, registered foreign agent for Putin-backed oligarch Dmytro Firtash.
"Russian collusion? Lanny Davis reportedly making bank as a registered foreign agent for Putin-tied oligarch"https://t.co/Rcj6C9Mxxs
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 23, 2018
Dershowitz added, “The legal pundits have been saying that if Cohen admits to a crime, that makes Trump an ‘unindicted co-conspirator.’ That’s just wrong as a matter of basic criminal law. You don’t become an unindicted co-conspirator if your action is lawful even though the action of the other person is unlawful.”
Dershowitz then threw down the gauntlet to any attorney who can prove that it is illegal for a political candidate to pay blackmailers to keep embarrassing allegations of an extramarital affair from going public.
“I challenge any of those who say it’s a crime to find me anything in the criminal law that would make it a crime for a president personally or a candidate personally to pay in order to save his own election. It’s not against the law. It may be a political sin, even if it determined the outcome of the election. But the rule of law requires that when you say something is a crime, show me the statute.”
“Show me the statute!” Dershowitz challenged. “There is no statute that would make that a crime. It might be a misdemeanor for the campaign to fail to report that payment, but it would be on the campaign — not on the candidate. That’s not even a close question. To talk about this as a high crime and misdemeanor, it’s absurd.”
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