Legal beagle says POTUS has the right to decide who to investigate and who to stop investigating

James Comey says President Trump is a liar.

President Trump says James Comey is a liar.

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Lawdy, I’m so glad George Washington never told a lie.

Now here’s something worth chewing on like gristle: Perhaps Trump had every right to fire Comey at will and to directly tell him to lay off Michael Flynn and stop investigating whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and our dear Russian friends.

Who says so?

Not me. Legal mumbo jumbo is all Latin to me even when it is in some English dialect.

Alan Dershowitz says so.

Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School who is a prominent scholar on United States constitutional law and criminal law and a leading defender of civil liberties, says the president has the authority to direct the FBI to stop investigating any individual and can, in theory, decide who to investigate, who to stop investigating, who to prosecute and who not to prosecute. The president is the head of the unified executive branch of government, and the Justice Department and the FBI work under him and he may order them to do what he wishes.

According to Dershowitz, who was a member of the famous (or infamous) O.J. Simpson legal dream team, the president had the right to order Comey to pogo stick down to Mar-a-Lago or have the FBI investigate why the wind messes with Trump’s comb-over.

Who knew?


Trump is more of a provocateur than a president

President Trump reignited feuds with the mayor of London, the media, Democrats and his own Justice Department with a new series of tweets Monday that begins a critical week for his administration, one that will include former FBI director James Comey testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Who’s next? Mickey Mouse? Elsa from Frozen?

The man obviously loves to pick a fight. His nervous system mimes rage so well that it becomes real, much like an actor’s tears.

Twitter, as well as the Russians, may unravel the Trump presidency like cheap rayon.

Trump, by the at way, has opted not to invoke executive privilege and won’t try to block Comey’s testimony.

Which means he is not always as dumb as an ash tray (remember them?).

Trump hasn’t tripped up enough on his trip to blow up the world — yet

Wonders never cease, I guess.

Donald Trump is on his first overseas trip as president and astonishingly, the world still is spinning on its axis.

I haven’t felt the globe wobble in the least so I guess it’s not about to blow up.

Trump went to Saudi Arabia and went moderate on the Muslims. I guess he forgot to bring along his campaign rhetoric. Or there was no room on Air Force One to pack his bully pulpit.

He was in Israel today and the education of our neophyte president continues.

The guy who once said that “peace in the Middle East is not as difficult as people have thought” now says “I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all.”

You don’t say. Who knew?

Granted, we should not have Great Expectations of Trump. This is the same guy who also said “Who knew that health care was so complicated?”

Everybody but you, Donald.

Trump fires Comey, making Uncle Sam weep

President Donald “The Executioner” Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.

Not to get into politics, but don’t you wish it could have been the other way around?

Firing Comey can be summed up in five letters — PURGE.

Trump may have more warts than a witch, but give the guy credit: He hates losing. Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.

Of course, Trump never has had a boss. Which is why he acts more like a dictator than a president.

The thin of skin tend to pout and sulk after having been strafed or even perceiving to having been strafed. But often they also tend to respond with seething I’ll-show-him passion.

Which, in a nutshell, is Trump firing Comey.

Welcome to the New America!

GOP House bill shifts the healthcare cost from the wealthy and healthy to the non-wealthy and unhealthy

I suspect you’ve seen this even more than a Geico commercial: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

To be more specific, it’s good to be rich and it sucks to be not rich.

Thursday’s 217-213 vote in the House to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the Republicans’ new healthcare plan constitutes one of the largest wealth transfers in history from the poor and middle class to wealthy Americans.

Hopefully the Senate rewrites the hell out of this legislation. If not, the non-Trumps and non-Rockefellers among us are getting the pudding pounded out of us.

The House bill further exacerbates economic disparities in our country. Even worse, the health of our nation will likely decline from its already perilous state, as far fewer Americans will have adequate health insurance.

I thought Obamacare sucked but this is much worse because it’s pure napalm and tabasco sauce for all of us who don’t light our Cuban cigars with $100 bills.

To be clear, this bill does nothing to improve the health of Americans. Nor does it reduce the staggering cost of health care, or lessen its inexorable rise.

The likelihood is that the overall health of our citizens will get worse, especially among those who cannot afford the full coverage they have today, including a large proportion of Trump voters.

All the bill accomplishes is to shift the burden of paying for health care from the wealthy and healthy to middle class and unhealthy citizens.

If you are not a regular dinner companion of the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago,  then I suggest you pour yourself a stiff one.

Make it a double.

What the hell, leave the bottle.

The Eagles didn’t stretch for Barnett — a good thing since drafting is not yoga

Granted, the Eagles didn’t make a sexy first-round pick Thursday night when they plucked Tennessee DE Derek Barnett.

So what?

Guys with a pastry tray of potential and exotic physical assets can go boom but often go bust.

Barnett is none of that. He is a football player, pure and simple. Which is exactly the point. He is a safe pick.

OK, perhaps his speed is a tick slow and his arms are a tad short for a defensive end. But he plays smart, has one helluva quick burst off the line and was a tower of productivity in the tough SEC.

The dude can rush the passer. Pairing Barnett’s skill off the edge with Jim Schwartz’s wide scheme is a beautiful marriage worthy of some wedding cake.

Barnett can line up wide and worry about little else beyond penetrating into the backfield — the perfect role for his skill set. Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Barnett make for a talented DE trio that should fire fastballs at QBs and take some heat off the cornerbacks.

That being said, the Birds had better pick a talented cornerback tonight. Make that two!

Aaron Hernandez is dead, but he already had thrown his life away

Call it the Triple T.

Talent. Trouble. Torment.

Aaron Hernandez had plenty of all three

His troublesome and strange saga is over.

The man who blew it all is dead, apparently by his own hand. But people close to him say he would never kill himself and speculate that he may have been murdered.

The timing was as weird as his life. He was found dead in his cell Wednesday, the same day some of his former New England Patriots teammates visited the White House to celebrate their most recent Super Bowl victory.

Some question why Hernandez would take his own life — Massachusetts prison officials say he hung himself in his cell — just when things seemed to be looking better for his future.

It was only a week ago that he was acquitted of two additional murders in a separate case.

Although Hernandez was already serving a life sentence without parole for murder, his attorneys were hopeful that Hernandez had a chance to be released from prison soon because the 2013 conviction was being automatically reviewed by the state’s highest court.

The chronology of his wasted life is bizarre.

Star tight end at the University of Florida at 17.

Drafted by New England Patriots at 20.

Signs $40 million deal with New England Patriots at 23.

Convicted Killer at 25.

Dead in apparent suicide at 27.

The fleet tight end simply couldn’t outrun his demons, the drugs, the gangs, the violence, even himself.

It’s not for me to speculate on whether Aaron Hernandez is resting in peace. But I do know that he sure as hell did not live in peace.