CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday grilled Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz about his Tuesday evening dinner with President Donald Trump — and he nailed him for overlooking the dangers that this particular president presents to the rule of law.
During the segment, Dershowitz insisted that Trump was not likely to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, despite the fact that the president has made increasingly personal attacks on Mueller and his team in recent weeks. Dershowitz argued that while Trump would have the power to fire Mueller or to otherwise curtail his probe, the president would likely not do so given the past precedents of presidents declining to exercise such powers.
“Historically, presidents do, under executive authority, have the right to determine who should be investigated and who should not,” he insisted. “But there’s a long tradition of presidents not doing that, and I think it would be a serious mistake and a mistake that would lose himself support on many Republicans.”
Cuomo then dropped the hammer and pointed out that Trump has in the past spat on past precedents for presidential behavior.
“Have you seen this president respect any tradition of that nature since he’s been president?” he asked.
“Well, I think that he should respect this tradition,” Dershowitz replied. “It would be a mistake to do any firing.”
Later in the segment, Cuomo mocked Dershowitz for insisting that he didn’t give Trump any legal advice when the two men had dinner on Tuesday.
“You spent a whole dinner with him, and President Trump sat across from one of the most esteemed lawyers in the country and didn’t ask you for any advice on these legal issues?” Cuomo asked him incredulously. “What did you say? ‘This is a beautiful piece of chicken?'”
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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.
After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist
New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.
It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.
Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square
Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.
Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.