Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: More Pardons, Less Indictments

Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: More Pardons, Less Indictments (Newsmax TV's "Saturday Report")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 26 December 2020 10:17 AM

President Donald Trump is well within his constitutional rights to grant pardons, and, in fact, there should be more pardons and less talk about indicting the president once he leaves office, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.

"I certainly hope he doesn't get indicted; that's what banana republics do: They indict their presidents after their presidents lose an election," Dershowitz told "Saturday Report," saying "there is no real possibility" of Trump being indicted. "Let's let the president go on; let's have him finish his term.

"I hope comes to the inauguration; I hope for peaceful transition, and already we see a peaceful transition going on. Let's move on to the next administration: No incriminations, no prosecutions."

Media criticism of President Trump's recent pardons are ignoring the amount of former President Barack Obama's pardon total at the end of his first term and the constitutional authority to correct miscarriages of justice with restorative justice.

"The media is just wrong: President Trump understands better than previous presidents that the pardon power is part of the system of checks and balances," Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. "He understands when the executive and judicial branches get out of whack, it's the job of the president to restore justice."

Trump's pardons to date, even if they have been tied to the Russia investigation, are neither corruption nor unwarranted, Dershowitz said.

"No only is it not corrupt, it's absolutely proper," Dershowitz added. "The president feels very strongly that the Mueller commission acted improperly – and if that's his belief and he believes that strongly, and he has a basis for it, he should be pardoning and commuting people who were the victims of an injustice.

"That's not corruption."

In fact, Dershowitz wishes "the president in his last days would grant even more pardons," praising the pardon review process the Trump administration has in place.

"I think he should be praised and commended, and I think he should give more pardons, more commutations, and exercise his full power under the Constitution," Dershowitz added. "That's what he's supposed to do."

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McRaven Calls Pentagon’s Post-Esper Team ‘Inexperienced’

McRaven Calls Pentagon's Post-Esper Team 'Inexperienced' mark esper answers questions at a table Former Sec. of Defense Mark Esper in July 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:35 AM

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, a former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and a critic of President Donald Trump, said Sunday the Pentagon’s new team after Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s firing is “inexperienced.”

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” McRaven said he isn’t questioning the competence of Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Michael Ellis, a new general counsel at the National Security Agency, and new Pentagon advisor retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor.

But he said they were made with a political agenda in mind.

“The new team, maybe they’re good folks but they are inexperienced,” McRaven said. “And what they are trying to do, of course, is to push forward President [Donald] Trump’s agenda, particularly when it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan, and drawing down the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“What I’ve said before is, look, we can have reasonable policy discussions on how many people we ought to have in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he continued.

“But what we don’t want to do is we don’t want to rush to failure. We don’t want to pull everybody out of Afghanistan and risk putting the troops … in greater harm’s way.”

He added the new team “appears” to be “really rushing to get a lot of Trump’s agenda resolved before a President [Joe] Biden comes on.”

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Trump: Fox News ‘Virtually Unwatchable’

Trump: Fox News 'Virtually Unwatchable' Trump: Fox News 'Virtually Unwatchable'

Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:38 AM

President Donald Trump ramped up criticism of Fox News over the weekend, calling it "virtually unwatchable.”

In a tweet, Trump directed conservatives to tune to other outlets, including Newsmax.

“@Fox News daytime is virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends,” he wrote Saturday. “Watch @OANN, @Newsmax or almost anything else. You won't have to suffer through endless interviews with Democrats, and even worse!"

Trump's latest tweet highlights a progressively rocky relationship between the president and his formerly favorite news outlet.

For several months Trump has tweeted criticisms of the conservative network, at times calling them "Fake News" and "anti-Trump."

"@FoxNews is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!," he tweeted in May.

According to Axios, Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call of Joe Biden's win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.

“He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it," Axios quoted one source saying.

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Joe Arpaio to Newsmax TV: Sheriffs Have to Decide on COVID Mandates

Joe Arpaio to Newsmax TV: Sheriffs Have to Decide on COVID Mandates (Newsmax TV)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:12 PM

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Newsmax TV Saturday he doesn't blame law enforcement officers for not going after people who are breaking lockdown restrictions in places like California and New York because they have "other priorities" that are more important right now.

"I look at them to make up their own decisions," the famous Arizona lawman told Newsmax TV's "The Count." "They have to report to their own constituency."

All sheriffs have their own way of doing business, Arpaio said, and he doesn't criticize them when they're not enforcing the laws set up by governors like California Gov. Gavin Newsom and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

However, Arpaio did praise President Donald Trump for his push behind the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

"He knows how to deal with CEOs," said Arpaio. "When you talk about the vaccine, he's the one that got that going … he doesn't get the credit he deserves when he knows how to negotiate with big companies. Look how quick they rushed the vaccine to help the people of this country."

Arpaio also said that he's urging Trump not to surrender the 2020 election until the final results are in.

"I pointed out that he would be the next president," Arpaio said. "Something in my gut told me he would be a great president."

Arpaio added that Trump has got to have a "trick up his sleeve" where the election is concerned.

Trump also pardoned Arpaio in 2017, and the sheriff said that came after he was targeted for his stance on immigration and on President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

They went after me," he said. "The president pardoned me and I thanked him for that."

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Biden Considering Cindy McCain for UK Ambassador Role

Biden Considering Cindy McCain for UK Ambassador Role Biden Considering Cindy McCain for UK Ambassador Role Cindy McCain. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 12:31 PM

Joe Biden is eyeing Cindy McCain as a potential U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to multiple sources.

“It’s hers if she wants it,” a source told The Times of London about McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain. “She delivered Arizona. They know that.”

Biden was the first Democrat to win Arizona since 1996.

McCain, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, is a known Anglophile. She and former Sen. Jeff Flake are both being credited for endorsements that helped Biden win in their state. Both have been floated for posts in the Biden administration, reports The Hill, with McCain being considered for a top ambassador role or another diplomatic post.

She currently serves on Biden's transition team on the advisory board. She has never held public office but is said to have had a front-row seat to international diplomacy while traveling with her husband, a frequent target of barbs from Trump.

McCain told ABC's "The View," which her daughter Meghan co-hosts, that the Biden administration will be "all-inclusive and there is a role for Republicans."

Biden has also signaled that he could reach across the aisle and name Republicans to key posts in his administration, including in his Cabinet.

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