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Dershowitz: Democrats Found The Man (Trump), Now ‘They’re Searching for a Crime’

Dershowitz: Democrats Found The Man (Trump), Now ‘They’re Searching for a Crime’

Professor Alan Dershowitz dismantles the Democrats’ case for impeachment on the Mark Levin show.

Professor Alan Dershowitz was the sole guest on Life, Liberty & Levin on Sunday night. For the first and longest segment of the program, he dismantled the Democrats’ case for impeaching Trump.

Dershowitz echoed a line from Professor Jonathan Turley during one of the hearings last week, suggesting that it is the Democrats in Congress who are abusing power, not the president. He also outlined the Democrats’ ever-changing strategy, which has shifted from abuse of power to bribery and back to Russia.

Dershowitz even goes so far to say that impeaching Trump with what the Democrats have now would be unconstitutional.

Charles Creitz of FOX News provides details:

Alan Dershowitz: Some Democrats channeling Soviet minister’s ‘Show me the man, I’ll show you the crime’ maxim

Some Democrats pursuing the impeachment of President Trump are trying their hardest to pin an impeachable crime on the commander in chief, according to law professor Alan Dershowitz.

In an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, Dershowitz tells Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin” that Trump’s phone call with Ukraine does not rise to the level of bribery as defined in common law.

“[I]t can’t operate when you’re the president of the United States and you’re conditioning or withholding money in order to make sure that a country isn’t corrupt and you’re asking them to investigate [something],” he said.

“That just doesn’t fit any definition of bribery — common law definition of bribery, statutory definition of bribery — however you define the constitutional word ‘bribery.’ It just doesn’t fit,” he said.

While stressing that he was not comparing the United States to the former Soviet Union, he offered an excellent analogy from the Stalin era:

“What they’re trying to do is what the KGB under Lavrentiy Beria said to Stalin, the dictator — I’m not comparing our country to the Soviet Union — I just want to make sure it never becomes anything like that,” he said.

Beria, once the Soviet deputy premier and interior minister, famously would reassure Stalin, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

“And that’s what some of the Democrats are doing,” Dershowitz claimed. “They have Trump in their sights. They want to figure out a way of impeaching him and they’re searching for a crime.”

Here’s a clip:

Here’s a longer video:

Dershowitz has been an outspoken critic of the Democrats’ effort to impeach Trump. Just last week, he wrote this op-ed for FOX News:

Impeachment has deeply divided our nation – Why weren’t legal experts cross examined?

Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing squandered an opportunity to educate the public about the criteria for impeaching a president. Instead of each side cross-examining opposing witnesses, Democrats and Republicans mostly threw softballs at their own witnesses. There were a few momentary exceptions, but for the most part what we heard from four legal scholars were prepared lectures that repeated what the witnesses had previously written.

In previous hearings over the years, we have experienced dramatic cross-examination by experienced lawyers that exposed the weaknesses and inconsistencies of witnesses.

It has been said that cross-examination, properly conducted, is the greatest engine for testing truth. Without cross-examination, witnesses simply express their rehearsed views without having them challenged by adversarial questions.

Had the Democratic experts been effectively cross-examined, they would have had to justify their contention that the governing criteria for impeachment include abuse of office, corruption, violation of public trust, maladministration, bad conduct, placing partisan interests above national ones, and other vague, open-ended criteria of the kind the framers explicitly rejected.

Dershowitz is a Democrat, and defending Trump has come at great expense to him personally. He addresses this in his interview with Levin. If you didn’t see the program, check your listings for the rebroadcast dates. It’s worth watching in full.

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After all he and Turley have seen over the past years and their thoughtful interpretations of the law, I don’t understand why they are still democrats.

    NavyMustang in reply to MAB. | December 9, 2019 at 11:35 am

    And why in his wildest imaginings he would think that Hillary would make a good president.

    Same for Turley.

    alaskabob in reply to MAB. | December 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    As Dennis Prager stated.. it was harder to vote Republican than eat of ham sandwich. The present is not their Democrat Party…but hoping for their party to return is wishful thinking.

    They have forgotten that the path of least resistance within the Dem Party was the progess to socialism and then on to communism. Communists were not embedded in the Republican Party just as Antifi is not embedded in the Republican Party.

    Yes, there are the GOPe types and their slippery slope it the suck up to Dems … progressive super-lite but going that way.

    Hopeful blindness on their side and still … a deep sense that they are better than the Right. That is their present failing.

    CorkyAgain in reply to MAB. | December 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    He’s got a good gig as one of the Republicans’ favorite Democrats — just like John McCain was one of the Democrats’ favorite Republicans.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Trump’s their Man!!!!!

Just wait until President Trump starts pounding the DEMS for:

Pelosi’s DEM “Government Shut Down” and
the DEMS’ Do-Nothing Democrat Party Congress

See Lindsey call them out on this at about 5 minutes in.

They must love being on TV so much because of they declared themselves Indies, they would never be hired again.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

Rumor: Horowitz Report to be Released to Public in One Hour

Mark Meadows:

I Now Understand the Reason for Media/Democrat Defensive Leaks; It’s Worse Than They’ve Been Claiming

—Ace of Spades

“. . . and they’re searching for a crime.”

There seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding here. Beria wasn’t promising to find a crime, he was offering to make one up. The same direction today’s Democrats are headed.

The most outrageous thing is that we have found the real crime(s), we know the criminals (obama, biden, clinton, kerry, pelosi, jarrett, etc.)

Follow that 150 billion dollars pallets of cash obama delivered to Iran: you’ll find a fraction of it bought obama an estate in Martha’s Vineyard, with money laundered through obama’s ridiculous 65 million dollar “book deal”.

The Obamas’ Book Deals Spark $65 Million Mystery:

Dershowitz and Turey are very much aware that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.