Dershowitz For The Criminal

I don’t think anyone made a more ridiculous argument in the Senate trial than this utter nonsense from Alan Dershowitz:

“Every public official believes his election is in the public interest…. And if a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest” it’s not impeachable.”

But we shouldn’t be surprised…

Dershowitz on LA police: “In their minds O.J. was guilty, and therefore it was OK to frame him.”

Dershowitz on client Claus Von Bulow: “made me think about a man who can be defined by false accusations.”

Dershowitz on client Mike Tyson: “Mr. Tyson is one of a very few of African-American heroes.”

Dershowitz defending Jeffrey Epstein: “if a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex?”

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66 thoughts on “Dershowitz For The Criminal”

  1. Collins pointedly asks Trump team if the president ever asked Ukraine about Biden before Biden entered race. Answer, after slobbering all over themselves, was “No”.

  2. daily beast:

    House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) said in a statement on Wednesday that former National Security Adviser John Bolton told him on a Sept. 23, 2019, call that the committee should “look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch” and that he “strongly implied that something improper had occurred around her removal as our top diplomat in Kyiv.” His statement says that President Trump is “wrong” that Bolton did not say anything about the “Trump-Ukraine Scandal at the time the president fired him.” “He said something to me,” Engel said. “It’s important to set the record straight.” Engel says he has known Bolton for years and described their relationship as “cordial and respectful.”

    [continues]

  3. “Lying” Ted Cruz asks the most ridiculous question all day: “Did the whistle-blower ever work with Joe Biden?” Schiff knocks it out of the park, calls it a conspiracy theory that is a “complete and total fiction.” 

  4. Funny. Trump lawyer Sekulow on whistle-blower says “there has been some reports in the media the individual may have worked for Joe Biden when he was vice president.” Guess that wasn’t the “fake media”.

  5. Dershowitz drools all over himself when asked just now about once saying no crime required in impeachment: “I studied more, did more research, And like any academic I altered my views.” Me thinks this is called situational clientele. What a fraud. 

  6. Trump lawyer Purpura defending Mulvaney’s admission of quid-pro-quo as “garbled.” Second time these idiots have said that, inviting need for Senate to interview Mulvaney.

  7. …such arrogant question from GOP Senators responded to with contradictory nonsense from the defense.  
     
    What is wrong with you, Red State citizens?  Powerlines?  Lead?  Just angry?

  8. Dershowitz back on, now blathering about passing the “other than the shoe foot test”. Does he even understand what he’s talking about? He needs to share Ken Starr’s straight jacket.

  9. Schiff blasts Dershowitz: “He’s saying the president can abuse his power in a corrupt way to help his reelection and you cant do anything about it.” 

  10. Last week, Douche-owitz said he wasn’t really on the Trumpsky team.   He said he’d be there about an hour.   The shoe he should be waiting for, is the next one to drop with more irrefutable intel.   Trumpsky needs to go.   For the sake of our Democracy, he needs to go.    Even in TX, the poll is 44% to remove SFB and 45% to let him stay…and that was before the start of this facacta GOoPer duh-fence.    Personally, I’m offended by the prayer because based on the behavior of the Repugz, they are using it to try to minimize the stink coming off of them.  Liars have a scent.   

  11. I’ve been prepping for a case tomorrow and have had to ignore the goings on.  Have I missed anything?  Based on Poobah’s hilarious comments I wish I didn’t have a job to do that distracts me from wasting my time listening to the coverage.
    WTF is Dersh talking about with the “other than the shoe foot test”?  Did he mean something like the “shoe on the other foot test” but his tongue got ahead of his mind – or worse, it kept up?

  12. So Dershowitz defended his position that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense.  Unless I’m mistaken screwball Starr said that in the Clinton case abuse of power was essential to make the jump from Whitewater to Monica although that wasa ot one of the articles referred to the Senate.

  13. Was anything that Philbin is spewing about the record regarding Hunter Biden actually in the record?

  14. Most succinct summaries of both sides’ arguments that i can conceive:

    House impeachment managers: “Do what’s right”
     
    Trump defense team: “Be afraid”
     

  15. Honest to god…the fucking wall blew over?  That should be front page on every major newspaper in the nation.  
     
    Bink, I haven’t been able to watch much of this, but from what I’ve seen, your summaries are very accurate, and refreshingly concise.

  16. Thanks, Pogo.
     
    i couldn’t do a running commentary, today, because the sheer magnitude of literal self-contradictory nonsense from the defense team was just too much and too often (and is still going on).
     
    Here’s one:  this isn’t a criminal trial, and “due process” doesn’t apply to impeachment (for the 90th time).

    Oh, i would have answered your Q about Philbin, but i missed it, and actually didn’t hear Philbin, only other defense team members, address Biden Qs.

  17. Reading the quote about Dershowitz and OJ made me think about my reaction at the time.  

    Dershowitz on LA police: “In their minds O.J. was guilty, and therefore it was OK to frame him.”

    The LAPD back then did have a severe racist reputation.  I remember thinking that they failed for the simple reason that they tried to frame a guilty man.  As a result, he wasn’t convicted.  

  18. That these assholes have to conjure ridiculous hypotheticals all day, every day, instead of addressing the facts of the case, should tell you all you need to know.

  19. lol dersh just said “the President is irreplaceable”

    …even he was struck by how stupid that sounds when he said it

  20. just wow dersh

    if anyone can make sense of dersh’s last statement in response to “impeached judges” question i will give you a dollar

  21. Trump lawyer Philbin rewrites the law: “The idea that any information that happens to come from overseas is necessarily campaign interference is a mistake.”

  22. Winners:
    Trump
    McConnell
    Murkowski
    FauxNews

    Losers:
    America
    Constitution
    Harvard
    Billy Crudup
    Republican Senators, this November

  23. Schiff on Trump team’s claim: “It’s now OK to criminally conspire with another country to get help in a presidential election as long as the president believes it would help his election and therefore help our country.” 

  24. Dersh has lost it. Impeaching a president and removing him from office when the country is divided politically shouldn’t be done? It will irreparably damage the country? That’s his fucking argument? Good God.

  25. Trump lawyer Philbin weirdly argues Ukraine military assistance secretly held because “the president didn’t want anyone to know.” Yep, because it was illegal.

  26. Schiff cleans up Jeffries poor response to Collins bribery question: “We outlined facts that constitute bribery.” But had we charged bribery in abuse of power article they’d say two acts invalidly in same article. If split in 2 they’d say we took one crime and made it into 2.”

  27. Well, if there is an impending civil war, as Alan Dershowitz threatened, tonight, i am dancing until then.  Fuck it.

  28. Schiff is uniquely brilliant.  Unfair to hold other managers to that standard.

    sorry, wanted to include you all in my post-impeachment after-question-segment dance-party

  29. …what they close bars with, now, instead of “New York, New York”, by Sinatra 

    … if you hear that, close out your check

  30. So, if the president orders the theft of ballot boxes, it’s now Constitutional ! If he proclaims himself president for life, it’s now Constitutional ! If he murders his son and heir, it’s now Constitutional*
     
    For me, it is unutterably sad that Dershowitz’s body outlived his mind. There are serious high school students alive today who will remember Dershowitz performance a hundred years from now as one of the most memorable public events of their lives. 
     
    *constantine, suleyman the Great, ivan the Terrible

  31. Dershowitz on CNN now instead of Senate floor: “I do not believe the president can do anything to get reelected.” blah blah blah, go make your next crap case for your pal Putin. 

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