Alan Dershowitz Denies He Said the President Can Do Anything to Get Reelected if It’s in the ‘Public Interest’
Alan Dershowitz has taken to Twitter to deny he said something that he very clearly said on the Senate floor on Wednesday. Speaking in defense of President Donald Trump, Dershowitz said that a president can do anything to secure reelection if he judges it to be in the ‘public interest.’
“They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest,” Dershowitz said.
They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) January 30, 2020
As many were quick to point out, Dershowitz’ denial is simply not credible. What he said was clear and was not taken out of context or distorted.
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) January 30, 2020
Exact quote from Dershowitz: "If a president does something that he thinks will help him get elected, in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment." https://t.co/8axFWV53OM
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 30, 2020
Dershowitz’ complaint doesn’t even amount to backtracking on his claims in the Senate. Rather, it seems to be a form of gaslighting the public and blaming the media for the backlash he’s received.
«I didn’t say exactly what I said» ~ a clown who shouldn’t be a @Harvard_Law professor and who should be disbarred for lying to the public and other gross ethical violations.
— Scott Menor (@smenor) January 30, 2020
Even Nixon administration veteran John Dean interpreted Dershowitz’ statement as a complete vindication of presidential abuse of power.
Alan Dershowitz unimpeached Richard Nixon today. All Nixon was doing was obstructing justice and abusing power because he thought he was the best person for the USA to be POTUS. When POTUS does it… etc. Seriously, that was his motive! Agree with Alan and impeachment is gone!
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) January 30, 2020