NOT SO FAST: Dershowitz says Mueller report a ‘roadmap’ to Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON — While conservatives on Thursday celebrated the release of the Mueller report, famed legal scholar Alan Dershowitz was less than pleased.

The report, which seemingly exonerated President Donald Trump of any wrongdoing, should never have been written in its current form because it is unfair to the president, Dershowitz said Thursday in an interview with Newsmax TV.

“He’s been vindicated legally, but factually, morally, politically, there’s a lot in there that will be used by Democrats to try to show that although he may not have committed criminal conduct, he certainly committed conduct that’s not desirable by a president,” Dershowitz said.

“That’s exactly why there should never have been a Mueller report. The tradition of the Justice Department — a very good one, we remember when [former FBI Director James] Comey violated it with Hillary Clinton — is that when you decide not to charge somebody with a crime, you then don’t write a series of essays, or in this case a book, about all the bad things that they did that didn’t amount to criminal conduct. That seems to be very, very unfair, and that’s the negatives that have come out of this for President Trump.”

Dershowitz added that although he’s always believed Mueller would exonerate Trump in the end, he predicted long ago that Mueller would present evidence that could potentially be used to charge the president with a crime.

“I predicted months ago that he would provide a roadmap to Congress for further investigations, impeachments – also a roadmap for other prosecutors in various districts of the United States. And he’s done exactly that,” Dershowitz said.

“That’s appropriate if you do it discreetly. . . . But when you issue a public report that includes innocent conduct, non-criminal conduct, however conduct that is condemnable, not criminal, that really violates the long tradition of the Justice Department in the same way that Comey violated the traditions of the Justice Department when he accused Hillary Clinton of being sloppy with her emails after concluding that she committed no crime.”

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‘LOCK HIM UP’: Incoming NY Attorney General plotting major investigation into Trump

NEW YORK — Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James said she intends to launch an in-depth investigation into President Donald Trump, according to a report published by NBC News.

In an interview with the network, James said she also intends to target the president’s family, administration officials and any other associates who she deems may have broken the law.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” said James, a registered Democrat.

“We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law,” James said. “Taking on President Trump and looking at all of the violations of law I think is no match to what I have seen in my lifetime.”

Among the issues James says she will investigate are the president’s New York real estate dealings, a now highly publicized 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian official and any potential crimes put forth by the Trump Foundation.

Harvard Law professor and legal analyst Alan Dershowitz told NBC News that the president has “considerably more vulnerability” when faced with New York state investigations because he doesn’t hold the power to issue pardons or fire investigators.

Dershowitz added, however, that James’ scope would be limited to matters occurring before Trump became president.

He also added that it remains an open question as to whether a sitting president can be charged with a state crime.

When asked about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the president’s alleged collusion with Russia to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, James said she thought Muller was doing “an excellent job”.

“I think he’s closing in on this president,” she said, “and his days are going to be coming to an end shortly.”

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THE ‘CALM BEFORE THE STORM’? US deploys second nuclear warship, 7,500 marines to North Korea strike zone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has ordered The USS Theodore Roosevelt to the western Pacific amid reports that North Korea is about to test a nuclear weapon with capabilities of reaching the United States.

According to military officials, the vessel is expected to join the build-up of warships along the North Korean border.

Admiral Steve Koehler, a strike group commander on the ship, said 7,500 sailors are on board the ship and “ready as a war fighting force”.

“The US Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea,” he said in a statement before the ship’s launch.

“After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”

The announcement follows cryptic remarks by President Donald Trump last week as he was hosting a dinner for military commanders and their spouses that the event was “the calm before the storm”.

When pressed for clarification, the president refused to comment other than to say, “you’ll soon see”.

Constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz said of the president’s comments that they were a warning to North Korea and Iran not to fool with the United States (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/alan-dershowitz-trumps-calm-before-the-storm-is-a-message-to-north-korea-and-iran/article/2636914).

“North Korea and Iran are taking the measure of President Trump to see how far they can push him and how much they can get away with,” Dershowitz said in an opinion piece for The Washington Examiner. “If these worrisome actions by the two rogue nations persist, there will be a storm.”

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have reached a fever pitch over the course of the past several months. In a series of recent Tweets, President Trump said as diplomatic alternatives continue to fail, use of military force against North Korean leader Kim Jung Un may be America’s only option.

In an interview with Russian media agency TASS (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-trump/north-korea-says-trump-has-lit-the-wick-of-war-russias-tass-agency-idUSKBN1CG28W), North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said in response, “With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us.”

“We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words,” he warned.

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