The legal scholar doubted that President Trump’s comments to FBI Directory James Comey constituted an impeachable offense.
Alan Dershowitz, Professor Emeritus of Harvard Law School, doubted that President Trump’s comments to FBI Directory James Comey constituted an impeachable offense on CNN on Wednesday.
Dershowitz described a complex legal issue facing the United States, given that the president has the ability to instruct the FBI director on what course to follow but obstruction claims arise from the fact that “[Trump’s] the only guy who can fire the director of the FBI.”
However, the Harvard legal scholar said, “we’ll never reach [the issue], because nobody is ever going to indict the sitting president for obstruction of justice.”
Dershowitz also cited the examples of the Jefferson, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations as indicative of this complexity. Kennedy and Johnson both worked closely with the FBI. Jefferson went as far as to threaten the chief justice in order to provoke a conviction in the Aaron Burr trial.
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