Alan Dershowitz calls out Democrats for ABUSING Congressional investigations to destroy Trump, just like McCarthyism…

Alan Dershowitz wrote a piece in The Hill today calling out Democrats for abusing congressional investigations to target Trump for partisan purposes and compares them to the infamous Joseph McCarthy.

After explaining how McCarthy abused his congressional power to go after secret Commies, which Democrats opposed, Dershowitz says the shoe is on the other foot today:

THE HILL – It is quite fair to say that back in the day, virtually all liberals and civil libertarians, led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), wanted to impose restrictions on the power of Congress to investigate, subpoena and question individuals for partisan or ideological purposes. Now the shoe is on the other foot. It is the Democrats who are abusing their congressional investigations for partisan and ideological purposes. It is the Democrats who are putting forward the phony arguments about legislative purposes, such as the need for new laws and congressional oversight. It is the Democrats in the House who are determined to misuse their legislative power to gain advantages in the upcoming elections.

Dershowitz doesn’t just go after Democrats.



He also criticizes Judge Amit Mehta for a partisan ruling to enable these new McCarthyites:

The decision by Judge Amit Mehta to authorize broad congressional investigations of the Trump administration and President Trump himself, going back to well before he was a presidential candidate, could easily have been written by a right-wing judge in the 1950s. It swallows, whole hog, the claimed legitimate legislative purposes put forward by those committees now led by the Democrats. It goes even further and suggests that a court has no power to probe the real motives behind legislative investigations, so long as the claimed motives are plausible. Under this decision that goes against civil liberties, Congress could investigate any person for any reason as long as it pretends to be doing so for a legitimate legislative purpose. The decision is an open invitation for abuse of power.

And he unloads on the ACLU for a clearly partisan agenda, which stands in contrast to how they opposed congressional abuses like this from McCarthy:

During the 1950s, the good old ACLU would be in court challenging abuses of congressional investigatory power, but the current ACLU has one dominant agenda, which is to oppose Trump regardless of the means used and to raise large sums of money based on this agenda. So the ACLU will not side with Trump in court. It will never side with Trump in court, regardless of how abusive congressional committees may become and regardless of how many rights are violated. The ACLU is now part of the problem, not part of the solution, for this rampant abuse of civil liberties.

In Summary…

All civil libertarians, whether Democrat, Republican, or independent, should indeed be concerned about abuses of power by congressional committees. Today, Trump and his administration are the targets. Tomorrow, it may be Democrats. The next day, you could be the target.

Democrats are such blatant hypocrites. It’s so easy to see how they are quite often on both sides of political issues like this, depending on how it serves them.

For example, during the Obama years they didn’t give a damn about the huge scandals of the Obama administration like gun-running and Benghazi. Obama and Hillary not only left our people behind in Benghazi but left them for dead and our State Department Ambassador was killed, among others. They didn’t lift a finger to save our people but Democrats didn’t even care. In fact they always opposed Republicans who were trying to get to the bottom of what really happened, calling them racists and partisans.

But Trump, who has been vindicated by a two year investigation, is now the subject of daily rectal exams by Democrats. They are using every amount of power they have in the Congress to investigate everything about his past in order to destroy him, even though he’s done nothing wrong. It’s a disgusting abuse of power and Dershowitz is right to call them out for it.

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Rednca
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This is why we need to take back the House and gain seats in the Senate and keep the dumbocrats from ever gaining power again! Or we’ll lose our beloved Republic!!!

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Dershowitz was spot on as usual.

There is this nagging feeling that Dershowitz needs to explain why his name is on Jeffery Epstein’s flight logs three times. Is Dershowitz compromised? It isn’t a stretch to think that Dershowitz’s verifiable connection to Epstein and his being on Orgy Island is why he would support Trump.

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How this man continues to vote D is beyond me.

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nc checks and balances

Alan Dershowitz – we don’t always have to agree, but he’s an honest man.

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Now it is time for the Republicans in the Senate to gender up and start investigations of Peolousi, Waters, Nadler, Cummings, Schiff, AOC, and the other crazy Demoncrats in the House. The senate can subpoena all their financial records.

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No comparison, Dersh, McCarthy was Right!

Read The Venona Papers!

Your Bolshevik Party’s The Problem.

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ozzy

Dershowitz is a Democrat and he is calling out his side for unConstitutional overreach. Usually both sides whine about overreach from the other side then do it themselves. We would be better off if we just followed the Constitution.

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Hy, you are correct. A lot of people confuse the House Committee on Un-American Activities with McCarthy. They were two separate animals. McCarthy, as a Senator and investigator, was professional, courteous, and allowed great leeway to defendants brought before his committee. It is the total opposite of what everyone hears/thinks today about McCarthy. It is another good example of successful left-wing propaganda and smears. Read M. Stanton Evans 2007 book “Blacklisted by History: The True Story of Joe McCArthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies”. It will forever make one cringe when ANYONE (I’m looking at you Mr. Dershowitz) trashes this patriot’s name; even if it is done as a comparison and not a direct attack. This book and the Venona papers not only vindicated McCarthy, but showed that he had only discovered the tip of the iceberg. For those who are interested, what was McCarthy investigating? He was investigating… Read more »

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He’s so right about the ACLU. Knowing how partisan the ACLU is, even I was surprised how they came down on this. This is clearly a personal liberty issue. If Congress can subpoena the President’s taxes, who’s topping Congress from subpoenaing any American’s taxes for whatever reason!? The comparison to McCarthyism is very accurate.

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Thank you joe McCarthy for keeping most socialism at bay during my lifetime.

JJB
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Today’s democrat party has made Joe McCarthy look like a choir boy.

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One of the rare liberals who’s consistent when it comes to law.

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Dershowitz sure knows how to nail them, I always enjoy him and Mark Levin’s take on the insanity of the left.

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Piglousy this morning all but said that she was thinking about Article 25 against President Trump. She said that his cabinet and advisors should have him checked. You can barely understand or follow her train of tboughts, I think her train is off the tracks. Nan, once again repeated her talking points almost verbatim of what she said yesterday after Trumps rose garden speech again saying she was “praying” for him. As if she really knows what prayer is.

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McCarthy was right.

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There were Communists then, and there are Communists now, always trying to disguise who they are.

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Big government union bosses want back in power; just like SEIU had with Obama. Look no further than them.

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Alan is correct. This is a YUGE abuse of power by the Democrats and now they are literally looking insane. The average American cannot be happy. Mueller is over and they’re still investigating. That’s not why the voters hired them. It’s also why they’ll be booted from office in 2020 and the media is helping them lose because they can’t contain their hatred either.

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Look on the bright side sjmomsjmom, as long as the Democrats are busy with chasing endless ways to impeach Trump, they aren’t passing damaging bills into law.

mmcd83
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That’s assuming those bills don’t die in the Senate or get vetoed by Trump.

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I hope it backfires next year.

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If you find yourself with a half hour to kill. Razorfist did a nice vid on the commie infiltration in Hollywood. Worth a watch. But some colorful language. NSFW
https://youtu.be/ZOtinTlx7yo

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It is an abuse of power… I can’t understand how the entire nation is not standing up and telling them to stop… If they win in 2020 there is seriously something wrong with the system that would reward such abuse of power.

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cookiebobcookiebob I think the nation will tell them next Nov.

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The thing that is wrong with the system is uneducated voters that are easily swayed by political marketing slogans like pro-choice, unequal pay, racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant, sexist, #metoo, and on and on. All pushed by the MSM. But there I go mansplaning again…….

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cookiebobcookiebob Remember seeing all kinds of people on the left crying when Trump won? They had to give counseling to a lot of them. There’s nothing wrong with the system. What’s wrong are the players and the voters. Dems and their voters are seething with hate right now so, so they aren’t going to give a damn if their party abuses it’s power. The ends justifies the means.

Thing is, if Republicans take back Congress the Dems will pull their normal “reach across the aisle” bullcrap. They railroad us with something every time they have power and then they think we should give them undue power when they’re the minority.

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“It is the Democrats in the House who are determined to misuse their legislative power to gain advantages in the upcoming elections.” Yes, but…

The bigger purpose of the DC swamp, I believe RINOs are for this McCarthyism as well (just look at Amash), is to prevent anyone from outside the political establishment from ever running for office!

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Great article from an intellectually honest liberal and true libertarian Alan Dershowitz. He totally nails what is going on and the implications.

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I’ve never had blood pressure issues in my entire life. The Democrats have changed that after January 20th, 2017 when Trump was sworn in and they lost their [email protected] minds. I truly despise these people.

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LandscaperLandscaper , while I am not a doctor, I will play one on TRS. Here is your suggested treatment plan:
1) Turn off the TV (unless you are watching Top Gear or The Grand Tour)
2) Read TRS daily for the witty comments
3) Listen to Rush (either the band or the talk show host, depending on availability)
4) Drink a beer or a glass of wine with dinner
5) Don’t talk politics with friend or relatives

My BP is great!

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HomerHomer

Dr. H. Nice.

I’ll try to provide wittier commentary on this site. I’m a novice but that’s a good point. My wife is trying to get me off of watching politics or reading articles – sage advice. One step in that direction was dumping Rush. I just can’t stand him anymore. But overall, this is helpful advice. Btw, your nurse is pretty cute!

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“He’s done nothing wrong.” Ha! “Vindicated by a two year investigation.” Hahaha! Trump: “Don’t believe anything you see or hear.” Pure Wizard of Oz, hide-your-head-in-the-sand stuff.

cookiebob
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Only that’s what happened, what are you saying that you can’t handle reality? I’m confused… Trump has done nothing wrong. He was investigated as no President has ever been investigated and found innocent… yet the Democrats have been whipped into such a state they can’t face reality.

jmorales
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“Found innocent?” Where in the Mueller report does it say that? A: nowhere.

Homer
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Avatarjmorales I hope you someday do not find yourself in a position where you have to prove your innocence…..it’s next to impossible when the accusing side has all the weight. That is why the burden of proof lies with the accuser, not the denier. It is one of the key tenets of protecting individual rights.

Now, that said….where is the proof of guilt in the Mueller report?

jmorales
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Never said there was “proof of guilt.” I said he was not “found innocent” or “vindicated.” Neither of those is true. Mueller investigated based on the premise/opinion that a president cannot be indicted. It will be up to Congress to use the information found in the Mueller report to decide whether there is enough evidence for impeachment.

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If you’re talking about ALL of Trump’s history, then you have a bit of a point. However, the Mueller report does not say he is “guilty” either. This investigation is dead. But democrats keep pushing the envelope of abuse and hypocrisy.

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The Mueller report lays out the evidence. it is now up to Congress. Personally, I think there is enough in the Mueller report to consider impeachment, but I’ll wait until the investigation is “complete” before going that route. Tick tock.

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It clearly says No collusion and No obstruction of justice was found. Get lost . Don’t you have a black face party to attend racist scum?

jmorales
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That’s obviously a flat out lie. But then if you only believe what Trump tells you to believe rather than the actual facts, I can see where you would say that. Must be comforting to be so ignorant.

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Except that Joe McCarthy was on the right track regarding Hollywood. His tombstone probably reads, “I Told You So!”

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like they say- the democrats have already convicted him, and are now in search of the evidence, and they won’t stop until they invent enough evidence out of thin air to impeach

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And it keeps going on. No one is stopping them. No one is reeling them in and stopping all this harassment (abuse) – in fact, very few are even calling it out or acknowledging it’s happening. I truly hate to go there but if Americans (voters specifically) knew the abuse of power and the hypocrisy of politicians and how they’ve strayed from the tenets of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, there could conceivably be a civil war. At the very least, anarchy. This crap is banana republic evil and MUST end!!! And we have never been so divided. exclamation

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