Harvard Law School professor emeritus said Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey's testimony proved that he was right – President Trump can remove him from office – and that Democratic pundits have "willfully ignored these realities."
"In doing so, they have endangered our civil liberties and constitutional rights," Dershowitz said in an op-ed piece on Fox News, slamming the pundits for "their haste to 'get' President Trump.
"Comey confirmed that under our Constitution, the president has the authority to direct the FBI to stop investigating any individual.
"The president can, in theory, decide who to investigate, who to stop investigating, who to prosecute and who not to prosecute," Dershowitz said.
"The president is the head of the unified executive branch of government, and the Justice Department and the FBI work under him – and he may order them to do what he wishes.
"As a matter of law, Comey is 100 percent correct," he said.
However, "by the insistence of Democratic pundits that Trump must have committed a crime because they disagree with what he did politically," avoids the real debate over Trump's actions, Dershowitz said.
Those are regarding "the political, moral, and other non-criminal aspects of President Trump’s conduct," he said.
"Comey’s testimony was devastating with regard to President Trump’s credibility – at least as Comey sees it.
"He was also critical of President Trump’s failure to observe the recent tradition of FBI independence from presidential influence."
Dershowitz also slammed Comey for leaking his notes of his Trump conversations to the news media via a Columbia Law School professor.
"He should have had the courage to do it himself.
"Senators must insist that he disclose the name of his go-between so that they can subpoena his memos and perhaps subpoena the professor-friend to provide further information."
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