Bush White House Ethics Lawyer: Alan Dershowitz Is Out There ‘Shilling For the President’

Looks like we’re witnessing a brewing feud between famed attorney Alan Dershowitz and former George W. Bush White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter. Over the weekend, following the bombshell news that ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his contacts with Russian officials, Painter and Dershowitz appeared on an MSNBC panel and argued over whether or not Flynn had actually committed a crime. Painter later went to Twitter to take a shot at Dershowitz: This morning, Dershowitz appeared on Fox and Friends and claimed that Trump couldn’t be charged with obstruction of justice. “You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power the fire [former FBI director James] Comey and his constitutional authority to tell the Justice Department who to investigate, who not to investigate,” he told the hosts. This caught the ear of the president, who quickly tweeted out that Dershowitz was talking about the “greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. political history.” With Dershowitz essentially parroting the president’s legal team on the argument that Trump cannot obstruct justice, Painter continued his heavy criticism of the Harvard law professor during an MSNBC appearance this afternoon. Noting that Richard Nixon also thought he was above the law, Painter said that “didn’t work for Nixon and it’s not going to work for Trump.” He then explained that as the “chief law enforcement officer,” the president can’t obstruct justice, at least per the Constitution. “And I think it is an embarrassment when you have people like Alan Dershowitz going out there and shilling for the president and encouraging him to continue to flout the law and flout the Constitution of the United States,” Painter exclaimed. Painter went on to tell host Ali Velshi that this was a dangerous road for the president to go down and that it was embarrassing that Congress wasn’t already working towards impeachment. Watch the clip above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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