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Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Barr Right on Obstruction, Mueller Wrong

(Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now")

By    |   Wednesday, 01 May 2019 07:11 PM

Attorney General William Barr's appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee showed he was right on not charging President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, attorney Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV.

During an appearance on "Newsmax Now," Dershowitz reacted to Barr's Capitol Hill testimony.

"What's most important is that Barr is 100 percent right on obstruction of justice and Mueller is 100 percent wrong," Dershowitz said. "You can't convict a president, or charge a president with obstruction of justice, for engaging in a Constitutionally authorized act such as firing [former FBI director] James Comey."

Special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Barr that expressed concern over how his report was portrayed, which Dershowitz said was irrelevant.

"We can all read the letter, we can all read the report and decide for ourselves," he said.

Mueller, whose team investigated Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to win, concluded there was no collusion. He punted on whether Trump obstructed justice, on which Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was not sufficient evidence.

"You can't indict a sitting president for doing what he's supposed to do: pardoning, firing, or anything else that's authorized by the Constitution. So, Barr wins and Mueller loses," Dershowitz said.

Regarding the role of the attorney general, Dershowitz said Barr — or whoever holds the office — has two jobs. One is to work in the presidential Cabinet and the other is to enforce the law.

"He's a Cabinet member. He's supposed to protect the president. He's supposed to help him get elected next time. He's just like the secretary of state. He's just like the secretary of the treasury," Dershowitz said. "He works for the president, he's part of the administration."

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In his appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr showed he was right on not charging President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now."
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