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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Bidens Send Christmas Message to America

Bidens Send Christmas Message to America jill and joe biden stand onstage Joe Biden walks offstage with his wife, Jill Biden, after speaking Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Friday, 25 December 2020 12:10 PM

Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, taking time to recognize the many Americans who are struggling this year, wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Their comments came in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account Friday morning.

''Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, and happiness this season,'' Biden said. ''But we know for so many of you in our nation, this has been a very difficult year. And we’re reminded in this season of hope our common humanity and what we’re called to do for one another.

''Many of our fellow Americans are struggling to find work, literally put food on the table, pay their rent or their mortgage. We’re reminded we’re on this Earth to care for one another, to give what we can, and to be a source of help and hope to friend and stranger alike."

His wife noted this is also a season of gratitude.

''And we’re so thankful for the frontline and essential workers who have put themselves at risk for all of us — and for the scientists and researchers who worked to deliver vaccines that are an incredible scientific breakthrough.''

The Bidens concluded their message by saying: ''So from our family to yours: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.''

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine brett giroir speaks with mike pence and deborah birx standing behind him. Admiral Brett Giroir speaks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:17 AM

Trump administration member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday there will be a “smooth professional transition” that ensures the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the coronavirus testing effort, said a meeting with a team for Joe Biden “went extremely well.”

“I believe there will be a smooth professional transition,” he said.

“I really am confident in the plan to get it and particularly get it to the states and to the high-risk populations,” he added. “This is a life saving vaccine. This puts the end to the pandemic. This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel but the American people have to do the right things until we get that vaccine widely distributed. Wear a mask, avoid indoor crowded spaces and all of the things you know.”

According to Giroir, there’ll be no recommendation to travelers over the holidays, “but it makes sense.”

“That is not recommended to have a quarantine after travel, unless you’ve had a direct exposure to a person with [COVID-19] for 15 minutes and in close contact. But it makes sense.”

“If you have an increased risk because you’ve traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things,” he asserted. “That is decrease the unnecessary activity… make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing, to avoiding crowds because you could inadvertently gotten [the virus] and spread it so be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk.”

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Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine

Giroir Says There'll Be 'Smooth' Transition for COVID Vaccine brett giroir speaks with mike pence and deborah birx standing behind him. Admiral Brett Giroir speaks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:17 AM

Trump administration member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday there will be a “smooth professional transition” that ensures the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the coronavirus testing effort, said a meeting with a team for Joe Biden “went extremely well.”

“I believe there will be a smooth professional transition,” he said.

“I really am confident in the plan to get it and particularly get it to the states and to the high-risk populations,” he added. “This is a life saving vaccine. This puts the end to the pandemic. This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel but the American people have to do the right things until we get that vaccine widely distributed. Wear a mask, avoid indoor crowded spaces and all of the things you know.”

According to Giroir, there’ll be no recommendation to travelers over the holidays, “but it makes sense.”

“That is not recommended to have a quarantine after travel, unless you've had a direct exposure to a person with [COVID-19] for 15 minutes and in close contact. But it makes sense.”

“If you have an increased risk because you've traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things,” he asserted. “That is decrease the unnecessary activity… make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing, to avoiding crowds because you could inadvertently gotten [the virus] and spread it so be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk.”

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Would Trump Kick Off 2024 Campaign During a Biden Inauguration?

Would Trump Kick Off 2024 Campaign During a Biden Inauguration? Would Trump Kick Off 2024 Campaign During a Biden Inauguration?

Sunday, 29 November 2020 09:59 AM

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering kicking off his 2024 campaign during Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The Daily Beast, citing three unnamed sources, reported Trump has not only talked to close advisers and confidants about a potential 2024 run to reclaim the White House, but about the specifics of a campaign launch.

He’s floated the idea of a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, the news outlet reported.

Bloomberg has reported Trump said he planned to run in 2024 if his lawyers are unable to make the case to overturn the results of the 2020 election — and the idea has some support from GOP voters, the Daily Beast reported.

A survey by Seven Letter Insight found that 66% of Republican voters would support the president running in 2024.

And a Morning Consult poll for Politico found that 54% would vote for the president in a 2024 primary.

Trump has refused to concede the election, but has allowed the General Services Administration to give the transition team for Joe Biden to get access to government resources and personnel.

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Michigan Democrat On List Of Possible Biden Picks To Head CIA

Michigan Democrat On List Of Possible Biden Picks To Head CIA elissa slotkin sits and listens Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D- Mich., during a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Capitol Hill in July 2020. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 08:04 AM

Newly reelected Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., a former intelligence officer who worked for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is reportedly on the list for Joe Biden’s CIA director.

The New York Times reported that Slotkin is among a number of possibilities that also include former CIA director Michael Morell, Thomas Donilon, a former national security adviser in the Obama administration, Sue Gordon, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, and Vincent Stewart, who led the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Slotkin, 44, who did three tours in Iraq as a CIA officer before working in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and for the National Security Council, suggests she’s happy where she is, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“While Congresswoman Slotkin appreciates being named alongside such qualified candidates to lead the CIA, she is honored to serve the people of Michigan’s 8th District, and looks forward to doing so for a second term in Congress,” Slotkin's spokeswoman, Hannah Lindow, told the Free Press on Saturday.

Politico has reported that Slotkin is a moderate who recently advised Democrats that President Donald Trump has a loyal base for good reason.

“[Trump] doesn’t talk down to anybody. He is who he is, but he doesn’t talk down to anyone," she told Politico. "And I think that there is a certain voter out there because of that who identifies with him and appreciates him."

The CIA’s current director, Gina Haspel, appointed by Trump in 2018, was the first woman to be confirmed by the Senate to lead the agency.

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