Alan Dershowitz claims that even if Donald Trump allowed Putin to take back Alaska, that would not be an impeachable offense.

By | 2018-07-17T13:49:52+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |30 Comments

Try telling that to Alaskans.

Courtesy of The Hill:

In the book’s introduction, Dershowitz, who is a lifelong Democrat who says he is only defending Trump based on legal arguments, further expands on extreme hypotheticals, such as if Trump colluded to let Russia “retake” Alaska, in efforts to demonstrate his perception of what the Constitution’s requirement is for something criminal.

“Assume [Russian President Vladimir] Putin decides to ‘retake’ Alaska, the way he ‘retook’ Crimea. Assume further that a president allows him to do it because he believed that Russia has a legitimate claim to ‘its’ original territory,” Dershowitz writes. “That would be terrible, but would it be impeachable? Not under the text of the Constitution.”

Yeah, well I think that the gun toting, hard drinking,  easily angered citizens of Alaska might present somewhat of a challenge to anybody thinking about invading our Last Frontier. 

Personally, I would think this is just hyperbole on the part of Dershowitz if I did not realize that Trump would ABSOLUTELY allow Putin to have Alaska back if it meant he could ingratiate further himself to his man crush. 

And it might not be a bad idea to let our Senator Lisa Murkowski know there is talk like this before she decides how to vote on Trump’s most recent Supreme Court nominee. 

There is actually at least one or two reasons that Dershowitz admits could see Trump impeached:

Dershowitz writes that impeaching Trump would be possible, though, “if he did it because he was paid or extorted.”

Well, then I think he could be impeached because it is highly likely that he is being extorted or paid off ins someway.

However, Dershowitz does not even think that there should be a Special Counsel investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia or the Russian interference in the 2016 campaign:

Dershowitz, who has often made legal arguments defending the president in the media, argues the special counsel investigation should have never began in the first place because no specific crime could be defined.

He also said the president gives him mixed reviews, adding that one of his most recent calls from Trump was “to correct something I said on television,” according to the Examiner report.

Okay, just the fact that Dershowitz is taking direction from Trump as to how he should conduct his interviews is probably all you need to know about his credibility. 

Just another former independent thinker who has fallen for Trump’s line of bullshit and allowed themselves to fall into and become trapped by his web of lies.

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30 Comments

  1. anon July 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Time for alan to retire his criminal defense. He is disgusting and pathetic. Donald trump wont be doing anything anymore but packing his bags and watching the moving van take his chit back to his filthy dirty tower in ny. Both pence and trump are unfit. They will be arrested for treason and forcefully removed by homeland security, detained by law enforcement military. Alaska? you best not allow Russia to steal your soil. Having a corrupt fake governor lie to you and commit treason for years is not good.

  2. Beaglemom July 17, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Obviously the people of Martha’s Vineyard are smart to avoid Dershowitz like the plague. He is the plague.

  3. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:02 am

    WSJ editors furiously blister president for ‘kowtowing to the Kremlin’ in Helsinki for personal profit

    …The start of the editorial was exceptionally blunt.

    “Donald Trump left for Europe a week ago with his reputation enhanced by a strong Supreme Court nomination. He returned Monday with that reputation diminished after a tumultuous week of indulging what amounts to the Trump First Doctrine,” it began.

    “Mr. Trump marched through Europe with more swagger than strategy. His diplomacy is personal, rooted in instinct and impulse, and he treats other leaders above all on how much they praise Donald J. Trump,” it continued. “He says what pops into his head to shock but then disavows it if there’s a backlash. He criticizes institutions and policies to grab headlines but then claims victory no matter the outcome.”

    “The world hasn’t seen a U.S. President like this in modern times, and as ever in Trump World everyone else will have to adapt. Let’s navigate between the critics who predict the end of world order and the cheerleaders who see only genius, and try to offer a realistic assessment of the fallout from a troubling week,” they wrote before going point by point through Trump’s disastrous European trip.

    Addressing Trump’s dismissal of U.S. intelligence agencies accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election while standing next to Putin, the WSJ called it a “kowtow to the Kremlin.”

    “The charitable explanation for this kowtow to the Kremlin is that Mr. Trump can’t get past his fury that critics claim his election was tainted by Russian interference. And so he couldn’t resist, in front of the world, going off on a solipsistic ramble about ‘Hillary Clinton’s emails’ and Democratic ‘servers.’” they wrote. “He can’t seem to figure out that the more he indulges his ego in this fashion, and the more he seems to indulge Mr. Putin, the more ammunition he gives to his opponents.”

    “For a rare moment in his Presidency, Mr. Trump also projected weakness,” they scolded. “He was the one on stage beseeching Mr. Putin for a better relationship, while the Russian played it cool and matter of fact. Mr. Trump touted their personal rapport, saying the bilateral relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that.’ In four hours?”

    “By going soft on Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump will paradoxically find it even harder to make deals with the Russian. Republicans and Democrats will unite in Congress, as they should, to limit his diplomatic running room.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/wsj-editors-furiously-blister-president-kowtowing-kremlin-helsinki-personal-profit/

  4. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Morning Joe: Putin has ‘bumbling, weak, fat fool’ Trump in his pocket — now ‘what’s the payoff?’

    …“For reasonable, rational Americans it’s no longer a question,” Scarborough said. “Donald Trump, for some reason, is owned by Vladimir Putin. Vladimir Putin has him in his pocket. The question is, what’s the payoff?”

    The news conference from Helsinki, Finland, showed Putin has leverage over Trump, Scarborough said, but he wondered what comes next.

    “When a KGB agent owns somebody, through compromising information, the payoff is not a cheery press conference where you make the American president look like a bumbling, weak, fat fool,” Scarborough said.

    “The payoff is something, unfortunately, always far graver,” he added.

    Historian Jon Meacham agreed with former CIA director John Brennan, who believes Trump committed treason against the United States.

    “When John Brennan made that statement (Monday) about it meets the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors, with all respect, I would say actually what it, the definition it meets, is the first word of the impeachment article in the Constitution, which is, treason, bribery and high crimes of misdemeanors,” Meacham said. “Has the president of the United States now in a sufficient way shown that he is giving aid and comfort to an enemy?”

    “That’s the question that the Congress of the United States, without looking at their polls, without getting their briefings about what their base thinks — they actually have to, at this point, live up to an oath that they took,” Meacham added.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/morning-joe-putin-bumbling-weak-fat-fool-trump-pocket-now-whats-payoff/

    • Beaglemom July 17, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Unfortunately, the GOP members of Congress lack the moral courage to look into their souls and admit that they have been harboring a treasonous, villainous president since January 2017. Trump has given the GOP its monstrous, debt-increasing tax cuts; he’s started to destruction of the ACA, the safety nets that are Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. He’s done the initial damage that they’ve wanted so badly for years now. Do they really want to surrender the country to Putin? Has that also been high on their secret agenda?

  5. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Putin tells Russian state TV Trump gave him a ‘very interesting offer’ on Ukraine and discussed getting around sanctions

    The meeting with Donald Trump was really meaningful, said Vladimir Putin.

    “I must say that I had no special expectations. Since this is the first such meaningful meeting, and it, in my opinion, should initially have been of such warm-up nature in order to speak more thoroughly later on in the course of our future contacts. But it happened differently, the conversation was really very informative, took place in a fairly partnering atmosphere, indeed, and the benevolent was very. We were able to address all the main problems that are of interest in a bilateral format. And on some issues, as you could see at the press conference, we agreed, in particular, on some issues of settlement in Syria, in particular, in the southern zone of de-escalation, in the Golan Heights, taking into account the interests of Israel. We talked about this earlier with our Iranian partners. In general, I think we are on the right track from the point of view of resolving the situation in a broader sense, and not just the Syrian problem. We talked about Ukraine. There are some new ideas on ways to resolve the crisis in the south-east of the country. We agreed to work it out at an expert level. In my opinion, this is a positive element of the movement forward. Maybe, so I’ll say very carefully, “the president said in an exclusive interview with Channel One.

    Russia has nothing to do with the elections in the United States, the Russian president said.

    “Of course, they spoke in detail about that, it is a serious irritant in our relations – about the mythical interference of Russia in the elections in the US. My answer you heard at the press conference – we categorically reject any attempts to use Russian-American relations as a bargaining chip in the domestic political struggle. Russia has no relation to the elections in the US and interference in the internal affairs of the United States, as a state, and has no intention of – in future elections – either in Congress or in the presidential elections. I drew the attention of my colleague that there is a trial in the American court and it is necessary, apparently, to wait for final decisions, “the president said.

    The SVAP on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem guarantees the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, Vladimir Putin said.

    “On the Iranian nuclear program, the Russian position remains unchanged: we believe that the SVAP is an instrument that makes it possible to guarantee the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in general and in the region in particular. Iran is one of the most controlled countries on the IAEA side today, and it would be a pity if this tool would cease to exist, the president says. “We understand what the US president thinks and thinks. He once again said this. The US would like to draw Iran’s attention to their regional policies, to missile programs. But, in our opinion, this should not lead to the destruction of the SVPD. ”

    https://www.1tv.ru/news/2018-07-16/348813-eksklyuzivnoe_intervyu_prezidenta_rossii_programme_vremya

  6. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Treasury moves to protect identities of ‘dark money’ political donors

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/treasury-moves-protect-identities-dark-money-political-donors/

  7. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Watch Live: President Obama Delivers the Nelson Mandela Lecture

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpHGZMFmQg

  8. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Pooty has 7 ICE-breakers heading for the north slope of Alaska & Canada ASAP. Easy peasy.

  9. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Watch her suck Trump’s dick with abandon.

    Fox’s Jeanine Pirro insists Trump is not a traitor: ‘What was he supposed to do, take a gun out and shoot Putin?’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/foxs-jeanine-pirro-insists-trump-not-traitor-supposed-take-gun-shoot-putin/

    • Beaglemom July 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Trump should never have been meeting with Putin – with no one else present except the Putin-style KGB microphones hidden everywhere.

  10. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:15 am

    In November, you have a stark choice:

    Vote D for Democracy. Or R for Russia.

    It is that simple. If you are an American, that is.

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Great branding!

  11. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:18 am

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo loses it with Rick Santorum after he claims ‘the left’ is ‘overreacting’ to Trump-Putin disaster

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/cnns-chris-cuomo-loses-rick-santorum-claims-left-overreacting-trump-putin-disaster/

  12. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:29 am
  13. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Trump isolated and denounced after Putin meeting

    …Republican congressional leaders rebuked Trump. The president’s conservative defenders on Capitol Hill were silent or sought to separate themselves from his remarks. Establishment Republicans erupted in anger. Longtime allies sounded the alarm.

    Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, publicly broke with the president while news anchors, analysts and reporters on Fox News hammered the president and dissected the extent of the political damage.

    And the president did it to himself. Meeting one-on-one with Putin was an idea no one else in Washington favored, and Trump had been warned.

    For at least a day, Washington was united.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/morning-report/397353-the-hills-morning-report

    GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki

    …“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant,” he fumed in a statement.

    Other GOP lawmakers — even some of Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, like Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) — were critical of the outcome of the Helsinki summit, where Putin denied that Russia meddled in the U.S. election.

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) pushed back on Trump giving credence to those denials.

    Burr said his panel “found no reason to doubt” U.S. intelligence findings that “Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the 2016 U.S. elections with the goal of undermining faith in our democratic process.”

    He said Russia had conducted a “coordinated cyberattack” on state election systems and “hacked critical infrastructure.”

    Putin “is not our friend,” Burr said, and he urged Trump not to “tolerate hostile Russian activities against us or our allies.”

    Republicans on Capitol Hill have generally been leery to criticize Trump publicly or to risk getting into personal spats with him. But even GOP leaders scrambled to distance themselves from the president’s remarks in Helsinki.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397339-gop-lambasts-trump-over-performance-in-helsinki

    Putin calls 2016 interference claims ‘ridiculous,’ but says only facts were leaked

    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/397322-putin-calls-interference-claims-ridiculous-but-says-only-facts-were-leaked

    Trump: ‘Phony witch hunt’ drove wedge between US, Russia

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/397346-trump-phony-witch-hunt-drove-wedge-between-us-russia\

    Conservative magazine calls on GOP Congress to censure Trump

    …The magazine’s editors wrote in an editorial Tuesday that they “were appalled and saddened” by Trump’s comments, including his siding with Putin’s denials of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    “His words on Monday encouraged the nation’s enemies, insulted its intelligence officers, made the president himself look like a fool, and thus brought disgrace on the presidency,” the Standard’s editors wrote.

    The editors said that while a censure of Trump would “be largely symbolic … symbols matter.”

    “It would be no small thing for congressional Republicans to declare, in a formal manner, that a president who coddles and defends an anti-American despot doesn’t deserve their support,” they wrote.

    “Passage of a censure resolution by the House or Senate would bring no concrete consequences, but it would be a powerful statement from the GOP that the party’s leaders will not simply ignore or excuse a sitting U.S. president of either party openly crediting America’s enemies at the expense of its public servants — and of the truth,” the editorial reads.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/397380-conservative-magazine-calls-on-gop-congress-to-censure-trump

    https://www.weeklystandard.com/the-editors/editorial-a-punishable-disgrace

  14. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Don’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court

    Readers to the left of me are probably apoplectic — or at least sad — about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and his replacement by someone more conservative. Allow me to provide some facts that, hopefully, will calm such concerns, at least about the main things progressives seem to worry about.

    That’s not because Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to move left like Justices David Souter and John Paul Stevens did, or be an inscrutable moderate like Kennedy was, but because his vote won’t change that much, for two reasons: Social issues aside, Kennedy voted with conservatives a lot; and Chief Justice John Roberts, a minimalist and incrementalist, is the new median justice, a minimalist and incrementalist.

    Having said that, let’s take up the concerns I most commonly see in my Twitter feed:

    http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/397248-dont-worry-too-much-about-kavanaugh-changing-the-supreme-court

  15. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Trump officials embarrassed by Putin show

    President Trump sucking up to Vladamir Putin after the summit in Helsinki yesterday was such an unbelievable, indelible moment that many deflated White House officials didn’t even bother to defend or explain it.

    Between the lines: The prevailing theory among Trump aides and alumni is pretty simple. “He can’t separate meddling from colluding,” said one source close to Trump. “He can’t publicly express any nuanced view because he thinks it concedes maybe there’s something he did wrong.”

    –Trump has, at times, privately conceded that Russia probably hacked. But the minute the word “election” comes up in conversation, his brain shifts into an attack mode that throws U.S. intelligence out the window and delights Putin.

    The source added: “His P.R. and legal strategy right now is to impugn the FBI in order to inoculate himself from the Mueller investigation writ large.”
    What we’re hearing:

    –A former senior White House official, who worked closely with Trump, immediately texted us: “Need a shower.”

    –One of Trump’s own former National Security Council officials texted: “Dude. This is a total [effing] disgrace. The President has lost his mind.”
    CBS “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan, who was in the audience, told AP she was messaging some U.S. officials during the speech who said they were turning off the television.

    The Russian leader smirked his way through the questioning over election interference, puffing and thrusting his chest at U.S. reporters.

    Trump nodded along at times. When the two leaders walked out from under the golden glass chandelier and left the room, they left a speechless press corps.
    The journalists were questioning whether we actually heard what they heard: The president of the United States was putting the methodical assessments of his own country’s intelligence services on an equal footing with the denials of one of America’s most underhanded enemies.

    https://www.axios.com/trump-white-house-officials-embarrassed-putin-russia-2a8fb858-4913-4f14-a86f-9384edfa796d.html

    Trump defends Russia and NATO meetings after mass outrage

    https://www.axios.com/trump-defends-nato-meeting-russia-putin-15ab4989-27da-49af-9570-2f66a3cec3b3.html

  16. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:54 am

    ‘It doesn’t matter whether he colluded during the campaign at this point. He’s colluding right now. In front of our eyes.’

    https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/07/17/trump-is-colluding-with-russia-right-in-front-of-our-eyes/

    https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/07/16/will-republicans-ever-draw-a-line-with-trump/

  17. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Putin’s poodle: Trump sells out U.S. intelligence agencies with the world watching

    …That sound you hear is the head of the U.S. executive branch stabbing his intelligence agencies in the back in order to side, against all evidence, alongside the leader of a country that meddled in an American election and wants to do it again.

    Trump, in fact, blessed Putin as “extremely strong and powerful” in his denial — words he would never assign to the reams of proof compiled by the top four American intelligence agencies — and talked up the Russian president’s “incredible offer” to have his own agents review what U.S. officials have found.

    He derides reports with which he disagrees as “fake news,” then buys the Russian narrative hook, line, sinker, pole and boat.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-putins-poodle-20180716-story.html

    America Shocked To Discover There’s A Traitor In The Oval Office

    “Aboard Air Force One back to Washington, Trump’s mood grew foul as the breadth of the critical reactions became clear… Aides steered clear of the front of the plane to avoid being tapped for a venting session with Mr. Trump.

    https://crooksandliars.com/2018/07/your-morning-treason-roundup-america

    This is how things happened in #Helsinki

    https://twitter.com/StDaniel7/status/1019053652550602752/photo/1

    • anon July 17, 2018 at 7:47 am

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  18. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:13 am
  19. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Randy Rainbow Goes All ‘Pirates Of Penzance’ On Trump’s Putin Loyalty
    “Doing all he can to satisfy his daddy Vladimir,” the song parodist sings in his latest Trump takedown.

    “And though his brain is smaller than his tiny little ‘penius,’ he’s the very model of a very stable genius,” Rainbow sings.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/randy-rainbow-pirates-of-penzance-donald-trump_us_5b4dcbb5e4b0b15aba885450

  20. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Trump and Putin Apparently Talked a Lot About the Mueller Probe

    …More notably, he said that in their private conversation Putin repeatedly lamented that the Mueller probe had driven the two countries apart and prevented them from doing great things for the world.

    ‘Putin told Trump the two countries could accomplish great things together if it weren’t for the Mueller probe. Trump agreed: “It’s a real shame.”‘

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-and-putin-apparently-talked-a-lot-about-the-mueller-probe

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      If dtrump wasn’t guilty the Mueller probe wouldn’t be a problem, if he is so innocent, one would think he would like to be vindicated by having the probe prove he is innocent.

  21. Anon July 17, 2018 at 7:36 am

    “Clearly the majority would prefer to focus on made up threats — fabricated, phony and inflated threats — instead of the real threats that are facing the United States of America,” Raskin began. “So today, we resume consideration of the entirely imaginary narrative that social media companies are biased against conservatives.”

    “Companies — I should add — whose platforms were used to spread vicious Russian propaganda that helped to elect Donald Trump,” ““The majority intends to pick up where it left off with [Trump supporters] Diamond and Silk,”the Maryland Democrat continued.
    “And to dedicate one of the last working days before the five-week August recess to this conservative fantasy instead of examining a long list of real and pressing issues facing America, beginning with the crisis caused yesterday by President Trump’s abject humiliation before the eyes of the world in his cooperation with Vladimir Putin, and his choosing Putin’s narrative over that of the U.S. intelligence community.”

    ” “There is no evidence to back this specious claim that social media companies intentionally target conservative content for disfavored treatment because of their political ideology.”
    “Moreover,” Raskin concluded, “even if there were, it would be their RIGHT as private companies to do so, just like Sinclair and Fox News have a clear ideological bent and clearly promote their own form of censorship on their own media platforms.””<EXACTLY!

  22. Anonymous in Chicago July 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Dershowitz never met a TV camera he didn’t like. Dershowitz and Trump are made from the same cloth – both of them are ego driven and crave constant attention.

  23. Ben Pease July 17, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    A side-effect of Trump selling Alaska is that Russia would be a NAFTA member for the first time in two centuries.

    • Immoral July 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

      He offers what is not his to begin with.

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