Harvard Legal Icon Doubts Pardon-Obstruction Narrative

Famed Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz disputed a Democratic senator’s contention Thursday that a reported pardon discussion involving President Donald Trump’s lawyer amounts to “textbook” obstruction of justice.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that John Dowd, who then was representing the president in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, floated the idea of a presidential pardon for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign boss Paul Manafort in conversations with their attorneys.

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