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Dershowitz’s Intellectual Dishonesty Showed Through In Responding to A Question From Senator Manchin
The Washington Post: One of the most likely potential crossover votes on the Democratic side is Manchin, who comes from very pro-Trump West Virginia. But Manchin took his turn Wednesday to offer a question of Trump’s legal team that oozed with sarcasm.
After noting the legal consensus that the Constitution’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” clause doesn’t require statutory crimes for removal of a president and that this was the case dating back to English common law, he then turned his focus on Dershowitz.
“Even Mr. Dershowitz said in 1998 that an impeachable offense, quote, certainly doesn’t have to be a crime, end quote,” Manchin wrote, before asking Dershowitz: “What has happened in the past 22 years to change the original intent of the Framers and the historic meaning of the term high crimes and misdemeanors?”
Rather than dwell upon Manchin’s shot, Dershowitz just addressed his own personal evolution on the subject.
“What happened since 1998 is that I studied more, did more research, read more documents and, like any academic, altered my views,” Dershowitz said. “That’s what happens. That’s what professors ought to do.”
The question by itself was something. That it came from Manchin was something more.
A true intellectual does not justify stating that a president can do what he wants relating to his reelection if it is in the nation’s best interest. Dershowitz’s position is inconsistent with constitutional law and the constitutional scholars who address legal issues dealing with the Constitution. Dershowitz is showing a lot of intellectual dishonesty avoiding the Manchin question by saying “he studied a lot.”
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
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