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There used to be many reasons to admire Alan Dershowitz. However, his analysis during the Trump impeachment trial has crossed from well reasoned to simple madness. He now believes that Donald Trump has virtual carte blanche to do as he pleases to win reelection, so long as Trump thinks his reelection is in the nation's best interests.
Alan Dershowitz, the former Harvard law professor and prominent criminal defense attorney, took his expansive view of presidential power to an entirely new level.
Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team, said a president could do virtually anything — including engaging in a quid pro quo for a purely political benefit — as long as it's in service of winning reelection.
“Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest,” Dershowitz said on the Senate floor, responding to a question about how presidents conduct foreign policy. “And if a president did something that he believes will help him get elected — in the public interest — that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”
Dershowitz’s argument cuts at the heart of the House managers’ case against the president: that Trump sought to leverage official U.S. government acts in order to boost his re-election bid, and that he improperly solicited foreign interference in an American election.
But his contention is well outside the mainstream of legal scholars — and one that the House impeachment managers said would put the president above the law and the Constitution.
Schiff said Dershowitz’s view gives a president “carte blanche” to use his or her office to further his or her own political interests, rather than the interests of the nation.
Dershowitz’s remarks underscore the extent to which Trump has surrounded himself with lawyers who believe in the so-called unitary executive theory — the idea that the president’s power is all but absolute and rarely subject to congressional oversight or investigation. But Dershowitz’s justification of all presidential quid pro quos goes even further than some of the most vocal proponents of expansive presidential power and quickly raised eyebrows on and off Capitol Hill. Politico
The unitary executive theory advanced by Trump's legal team takes us a step closer to the "all powerful executive." It is an indication there are those who believe the president's powers are greater than the other two co-equal branches of government, so long as that power is in the national interests. Moreover, the definition of what is in the national interests is defined by the executive.
The positions advanced by Trump during the impeachment trial show an executive who thinks his judgment is better than the other co-equal branches of government. It shows we elected an executive who is taking positions of expansive power because he believes he can do better for the nation, essentially making him a dictator or king. This is the simple truth behind what Dershowitz is saying...
It is no wonder why Donald Trump admires Kim Jong un and Vladimir Putin.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
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