Another close ally of President Donald Trump is publicly slamming Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) for filing articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Appearing with Fox News personality Sandra Smith on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday, Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz slammed the move by the Freedom Caucus leaders.
“It is the most shortsighted — and I have to say stupid — thing I have heard in a long time,” Dershowitz argued. “Here we have a present to the Democrats who are trying to impeach.”
“If they gained the House of Representatives, they will almost certainly do so and the big issue will be, ‘can you impeach a president — or anyone else — when you don’t charge him with specific crimes, just because you disagree with what he has done’ And now, you have the Republicans making the case for the Democrats who want to impeach the president by offering bills of impeachment and not charging crimes.”
“I’m going to have to write a new book called The Case Against Impeaching Rod Rosenstein, because the same arguments apply,” he continued, holding up a copy of his book The Case Against Impeaching Trump.
“This is so shortsighted,” Dershowitz repeated.
“If you don’t like the way Rod Rosenstein is responding to your subpoena, charge him with contempt of court, bring him to court, but do not use impeachment,” he lectured. “That just helps the Democrats who are trying to impeach President Trump.”
“It’s a dumb, dumb decision,” he added.
“To use impeachment is to empower the Democrats,” Dershowitz argued. “It really will backfire.”
“Well that seems to be the sentiment from Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat,” Smith noted, reading a tweet from the California Democrat.
These articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump. History will record these Members as willing accomplices in the most serious threat to the rule of law in a generation. https://t.co/nZvyytfgKk
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 26, 2018
“It is a serious mistake, and it will backfire,” Dershowitz said, repeating his prediction.
Fox News’ senior judicial analyst and former judge Andrew Napolitano called the impeachment move “embarrassing” and Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak has also said it will make it easier for Democrats to impeach President Trump.
Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.