Dershowitz: The president’s motives cannot be used to charge him with a crime while in office

Dershowitz: The president’s motives cannot be used to charge him with a crime while in office
Alan Dershowitz (Image: ABC News video screen grab)

[Ed. – A possibility the Left would rather not contemplate]

Attorney Alan Dershowitz asserted on Sunday that a president’s motives cannot be used to charge him or her with a crime while in office.

Dershowitz, who is a frequent defender of President Trump in the Russia investigation and an opinion contributor to The Hill, argued on ABC’s “This Week” that a president can’t be charged with obstruction of justice for exercising his powers laid out in the Constitution.

“You cannot question a president’s motives when the president acts,” Dershowitz said.

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“If a president pardons, that’s it. If a president fires, that’s it. You can’t go beyond the act and get into his motive or get into his intent,” he continued.

Host George Stephanopoulos questioned if that would apply to a president covering up a murder.

“It doesn’t matter,” Dershowitz responded. “The pardon is the pardon. The covering up of the murder may be an independent crime.”

A number of legal experts quickly questioned Dershowitz’s claim on social media.

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