Constitutional scholar and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says it’s a moot point whether a president can pardon himself. One can’t be prosecuted in office so…
Against a backdrop of Rudy Giuliani reminding folks that Trump has done nothing wrong and his opinion that if he chose to pardon himself it would lead to his immediate impeachment, Alan Dershowitz offers his expert opinion, saying that nobody knows because it’s not in the Constitution, nobody has every debated it in the judiciary, and there are no legal precedents.
Dershowitz goes one step further, saying he doesn’t think we’ll ever know the answer because he doesn’t think any president will ever pardon himself, for a very obvious reason, they don’t have to. “A sitting president can’t be prosecuted and pardon doesn’t apply to impeachment. So the concept just never will come up.” [[WATCH VIDEO BELOW]]
Dershowitz says the Constitution is very clear on the grounds for impeachment, “Treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. Pardoning oneself doesn’t fit into any of those categories. So you cannot, in my view, impeach the President.”
He adds, “You cannot, in my view, impeach a president for misconduct, malservice in office or anything else. That’s what the framers rejected. That’s what Madison rejected and that’s what the Constitution rejected. The Constitution has specified criteria and unless those criteria are met, in my view, there can’t be impeachment. So if the President were to pardon himself that would not constitute a ground for impeachment and removal.”
They go on to the topic of one of President Trumps most unhinged critics, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). Two clips of her on completely opposite sides of the issue, with Bill Clinton and President Trump, vividly illustrate her hypocrisy and the fact that she’s nothing but a political hack.
Dershowitz says, “Why anyone would listen to Congresswoman Waters on a Constitutional issue, I don’t know. She is a partisan hypocrite.” He adds, “She’s outrageous. For her everything has to do with race and everything has to do with whether it helps the Democrats and hurts the Republicans. She’s a rampant hypocrite. She’s an ignoramus when it comes to the Constitution, and nobody should pay any attention to what she says when it comes to Constitutional law.”
He says for her “The same criteria don’t apply to Democrats and Republicans. She’s part of the problem not part of the solution. The Framers explicitly rejected impeachment as a partisan tactic and she wants to introduce it as a partisan tactic. One rule for Democrats, one rule for Republicans. That’s her and nobody should take her seriously.”
It’s worth noting that Dershowitz is a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election.
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