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Trump apologist Alan Dershowitz now claiming Democrats cannot investigate Kavanaugh for perjury

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If Democrats win the House of Representatives in November, they will have the ability to hold Republicans accountable for a number of scandals that have been ignored with all three branches of the government under GOP control.

With the majority comes the committee chairmanships, which means subpoena power. Some Democrats have already suggested that the rushed and politically sensitive investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh could be at the top of the list, as either focusing on the multiple sexual assault allegations brought forward against Kavanaugh or perjury charges related to his statements about never drinking to the point of memory impairment.

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Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard Law professor who has become Trump’s chief legal apologist, writing a book about why the president cannot be prosecuted even if he colluded with Russian intelligence to steal the 2016 election, has now taken up Kavanaugh’s preemptive defense in a Fox News op-ed.

Dershowitz, who identifies himself as a “liberal Democrat,” nevertheless says that the “damage” to our country will continue if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives and “conduct a revenge inquisition” of Kavanaugh’s alleged wrongs.

“What I don’t want to see is a Democratic House abuse its authority by conducting vengeful impeachment proceedings against Kavanaugh,” he writes. “Such an investigation would simply be partisan payback for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

Democrats also couldn’t legally do it, Dershowitz argues.

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“It is unlikely that Congress has the power to impeach a sitting justice for alleged offenses he may or may not have committed while a private citizen and a teenager,” he writes.

But what about lying to Congress? Also no, says the former Harvard professor.

“Democrats may try to move it forward by alleging that the grounds for impeachment include perjury committed by nominee Kavanaugh in his testimony at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing… But that would be a ploy, somewhat akin to the phony perjury grounds used to impeach President Clinton.”

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The Trump-supporting “liberal Democrat” then says that Democrats should give up and let Kavanaugh do what he wants.

“The time has come to move forward and not look backward,” Dershowitz writes.

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Texas governor busted sending racist call-to-arms a day before El Paso attack: ‘take matters into our own hands’

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On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) tweeted out a message of unity and promised to work to reduce violence in his state, in the wake of the shooting in El Paso that left 22 dead and dozens more injured:

Today we had hearings responding to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

We focused on community healing, combating domestic terrorism, reducing hateful ideologies, & keeping guns out of hands of deranged killers while respecting 2nd Amendment rights.

We’ll keep TX safe.#txlege pic.twitter.com/ymct4aiSgK

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Facebook bans far-right website from pro-Trump advertising after they try to skirt transparency rules

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GOP leaders are pressuring Kansas Republican to resign from Congress immediately: report

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It is currently unclear why they are calling for his resignation.

Watkins has thus far given no indications he will leave office. His spokesman Jim Joice stated that he has no plans to resign, and disputed the idea that Republican officials are pressuring him to do so, but acknowledged there have been conversations around the topic.

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