President Donald Trump will not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice because no case exists to go after him, says a prominent Harvard Law professor.
"You cannot charge a President with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power," Professor Alan Dershowitz told Fox News recently.
Dershowitz was reacting to the suggestion by U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) that an obstruction case is forming against Trump alleging Russian "meddling" in the 2016 presidential election.
Feinstein is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Asked on Fox News if Feinstein was right, Dershowitz said he disagreed with her prediction.
"And I think if Congress ever were to charge him with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, we'd have a constitutional crisis," the professor stated.
To prove obstruction of justice by the president, he went on to explain, you must find illegal acts, such as President Richard Nixon telling people to lie and destroying evidence.
"Even with [Bill] Clinton," the professor recalled, "they said that he tried to influence potential witnesses not to tell the truth. But there's never been a case in history where a President has been charged with obstruction of justice for merely exercising his constitutional authority."
Charging the current President with obstruction would be a "constitutional crisis," said Dershowitz, who added the Feinstein "doesn't know what she's talking about."