With his second meeting in two days at the White House, what advice is Alan Dershowitz giving President Trump?
The Boston Globe provides a clue:
Alan Dershowitz arrived at the White House this week expecting to discuss the Middle East. Before long, the president had invited him to an intimate dinner of a ravioli appetizer, guinea hen entree, and, for dessert, fruit compote.Very clever move. So that is how you remove Rosenstein, the trouble maker overseeing the special counsel Robert Mueller, from the picture.
A longtime liberal Harvard professor who says he did not even vote for Donald Trump in 2016 emerged this week as a key Trump whisperer, gaining the president’s ear with his outspoken criticism on Fox News and other venues of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI.
Dershowitz, in an interview with the Globe Wednesday, would not divulge what was discussed over dinner Tuesday evening. But it’s a good bet the subject of Trump’s unhappiness with the special counsel probe came up, given that this week Trump publicly mused about firing Mueller after the FBI raided the offices of Trump’s private lawyer Michael Cohen...
Though Dershowitz has frequently complained that Mueller typifies an overzealous prosecutor, he offers this surprise counsel to the president: “I would certainly advise him not to fire anybody,” he said in the interview. “Legally, he would have the right to seek the firing of anybody in the executive branch. The court cases are very clear on that. But I would think that would be a mistaken political decision to fire anybody.
Dershowitz also contends that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe. Rosenstein wrote the memo that Trump relied on as justification for firing James Comey as FBI director. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself following revelations about his meeting with the Russian ambassador, later appointed Mueller as special counsel.
‘I think we will now see a scorched-earth policy on both sides.’
Dershowitz argues the situation poses a conflict of interest that requires Rosenstein to step aside.
“If I were Trump’s lawyer, the first person I’d call would be Rosenstein. ‘Did you obstruct justice? Did you advise the president to do anything that obstructs justice?’ ” Dershowitz said in the interview.
“You can’t be a witness and a prosecutor on the same case,” he added. “That’s a basic element of the rule of law.”