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Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Not Sure If Biden Has Courage to Oppose Packing Court

(Newsmax TV/"John Bachman Now")

By    |   Friday, 16 October 2020 05:10 PM

Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Friday that he believes former Vice President and Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden is personally against adding members of the Supreme Court to blunt a perceived conservative majority but doesn’t know if he has the valor to oppose it.

"I think he’s personally against it," said Dershowitz, 82, who said he’s known Biden for many years. "Does he have the courage to stand up to the hard left, the AOCs (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York), the (Rep.) Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minnesota), the (Sen.) Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vermont) of his party who will be demanding court packing. They don’t care about the Supreme Court. Put 137 members as long as more than half of them vote for the Democratic ideology, the radical ideology. They couldn’t care less about the Supreme Court.

"Joe Biden’s a decent guy," Dershowitz added on "John Bachman Now." "I think he’ll stand up against the extremists in his party – unless he can’t."

Dershowitz’s comments came following a Thursday night townhall event on ABC where Biden said he’s "not a fan of court packing," but if the Republican-controlled Senate approved the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the election, he would be "open to consider" the proposal.

"He doesn’t want to pack the court," Dershowitz said. "Will he be pressured into doing it?…In his heart, he’s against court packing. What he will do, I think he will oppose court packing, but I’m not as sure of that as what I think his personal views are."

Last week, Dershowitz told Newsmax TV that Biden was aiding radical elements in his party by not explicitly rejecting the notion of adding to the court, which the retired professor said he was against.

Regarding the townhall, Dershowitz also criticized moderator George Stephanopoulos for not at least broaching the subject of Wednesday’s New York Post story which cited emails from a recovered laptop saying Biden’s son Hunter introduced his father to a Ukrainian petroleum executive, contradicting the former vice president’s previous statements.

"It was disappointing that Biden wasn’t asks questions about much that is in the headlines today, particularly about the computer, and Hunter Biden," Dershowitz said. "I feel sorry for Joe, who I’ve known for a long, long time. He’s not responsible for his son’s actions. But, he should have been pressed much harder on that.

" do think he has an obligation to speak to that issue because if the information on the computer is true, it does not only involve his son, it involves him meeting – at the request of his son – with a Ukrainian operative who may have been somebody who was asking for access," Dershowitz said.

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