“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg clashed with Alan Dershowitz after he refused to move on from an argument and let the other co-hosts ask questions.
The Harvard Law professor emeritus appeared Wednesday on the daily talk show after defending President Donald Trump from his impeachment trial, where he argued that Democrats had not proven he broke any laws — which he defined was the standard for conviction by the Senate.
“I’m not arguing about witnesses,” Dershowitz said. “What I’m saying is, the charge of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power are not within the constitutional terms high crimes and misdemeanors. The framers rejected terms just like that. They rejected maladministration as a potential term and maladministration is virtually the same as abuse of power.”
Co-host Joy Behar pointed out that no other legal scholars agreed with his interpretation of the Constitution, and Goldberg cut him off when he cited an 1867 writing by Theodore Dwight, who was then dean of Columbia Law School.
“Wait, Alan,” Goldberg said. “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but I need to move on.”
Dershowitz cut in, demanding to finish his point.
“Here’s the thing, Alan, you’re not going to get any time because you’ve got four people try to ask you questions,” Goldberg said, “so I’m asking you to move faster.”
Dershowitz refused to budge, arguing that Dwight agreed with his interpretation of the Constitution, and insisted the army of current legal scholars disagreed because they were politically biased.
“Now the academics all say it isn’t — why?” he said. “Because Donald Trump is being impeached. If Hillary Clinton were being impeached, they’d all be on my side.”
Behar dismissed that claim as “baloney,” and Goldberg took control of the conversation.
“Are you done — okay, you’re saying you need a crime or criminal behavior,” Goldberg said, and Dershowitz interrupted to argue the framers agreed with him. “I’m moving you on or I’m cutting you off, one or the other is going to happen. I don’t want to make this contentious but we only have several minutes.”
The audience cheered, but Goldberg stopped when she heard Dershowitz laughing over the satellite feed.
“You’re laughing,” she said. “I’ve always been respectful to you and you’ve always been respectful to me, okay. So I need to move us on, as I said, because I’ve got four people here who actually have more to ask you.”
Walkouts as Roman Polanski wins best director at French Oscars
Roman Polanski won best director for "An Officer and a Spy" at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early Saturday.
The entire French academy had been forced to resign earlier this month amid fury that the veteran -- wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 -- had topped the list of nominations.
Protesters chanting "Lock up Polanski!" tried to storm the theatre where the ceremony was being held before being pushed back by police firing tear gas.
And France's Culture Minister Franck Riester had warned that giving the maker of "Rosemary's Baby" a Cesar would be "symbolically bad given the stance we must take against sexual and sexist violence".
Trump accuses Democrats of coronavirus ‘hoax’ as confirmed cases in US gather pace
President Donald Trump accused Democrats of a new “hoax” over criticism of his handling of the coronavirus threat, as US health officials reported Friday a fourth case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin, indicating the disease was spreading in the country.
The latest case is a boy under 18 in Washington State who tested "presumptive positive" and is currently in home isolation in Snohomish County. The high school he attends will be shut until March 3 while it is deep cleaned, the Washington State Department of Health said.
A positive test is treated as "presumptive" until the results have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Regulators move to fine telecoms for selling location data
US regulators moved to impose fines Friday against the nation's four major wireless carriers for selling location data of customers without their consent.
The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining T-Mobile more than $91 million; AT&T some $57 million; Verizon $48 million, and Sprint $12 million.
The wireless firms were accused of having disclosed mobile network user location data to a third party without authorization from customers, the FCC said.
The FCC began an investigation after a report that a sheriff in Missouri used a "location-finding service" operated by a prison communications services company called Securus to track whereabouts of people including a judge and law enforcement officers.