Boy Who Mowed WH Lawn: 'I Knew He Was Very Impressed' "Both the hard right and the hard left engage in identity politics," the retired Harvard law professor told "Fox & Friends" on Saturday. "I'm a centrist liberal, many of you are centrist conservatives, we can talk. We can have a rational argument." In contrast, several recent incidents showcase the unwillingness of the extreme right and left to have a discussion, he pointed out.
Trump legal team member Alan Dershowitz reacts to attacks from media following impeachment defense. Alan Dershowitz, one of President Trump's defense lawyers in his Senate impeachment trial, accused the media of misrepresenting his argument that a president can't be impeached for exerting his executive powers to win an election if he believes his victory is in the public interest. "The point I was making was about the senators," Dershowitz said on "Hannity." "What I said [was] if you have mixed motives if you are in the public interest and you're trying to help the public, but you're also trying to get re-elected, according to [Rep. "If you have any inkling of motive to help yourself get reelected, they call that corrupt and they say even a tiny amount of motive to help yourself makes you into a criminal and makes you impeachable." Many were quick to attack Dershowitz's unconventional defense Wednesday, in which he made the case that if Trump's motive for asking Ukraine for help was "mixed" between the national interest and political gain, it was not impeachable because his intentions were not purely "corrupt." In a bid to clarify his comments Thursday, Dershowitz told Sean Hannity that he was in no way implying that the president could engage in any activity as long as he considers his reelection to be in the interest of the public, as many critics had said. "I turned to all the senators and I said, 'Everybody in this room, every senator, every politician everywhere always has one eye toward reelection and another eye toward the public interest.
Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz on House Republican efforts to get documents from the Department of Justice and the fallout from FBI agent Peter Strzok's texts. Apparently Martha's Vineyard is a safe space. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said last week that his defense of President Donald Trump's constitutional rights led to him being "shunned" by his own friends at a high-end seasonal destination. The famed lawyer lamented the efforts to eject him from his social life at Martha's Vineyard amid his outspoken criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the alleged collusion with Russia. "So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha's Vineyard."
FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo attorney Alan Dershowitz attends a premiere of a film during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. Dershowitz, a renowned defense lawyer who represented O.J. Simpson, and who identifies as a centrist Democrat, has lamented that even though he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, invitations to dinner and other highbrow social events on the island of Martha's Vineyard off Massachusetts have dried up over his backing of President Trump.
Alan Dershowitz slammed present-day scholars for changing their legal opinions based on partisan politics and aversion to President Trump. CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart slammed Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz's "un-American" defense of President Trump at the Senate trial, comparing it to rhetoric heard from dictatorships like Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler. Dershowitz made the argument to the Senate juror on Wednesday that politicians believe that their own elections are "in the public interest" and that Trump's efforts to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens in order to benefit him in the 2020 election cannot be a "quid pro quo" that results in an impeachment since the president believed he was acting "in the public interest." During a panel discussion, Lockhart conceded that each campaign believes it's "better for the country" if they won, but that it "doesn't give you license to commit crimes or to do things that are unethical," calling the argument "absurd." "This is un-American," Lockhart said.