Alan Dershowitz: "What Ted Cruz Is Doing Is Deeply Unconstitutional"


PIERS MORGAN: You're a top lawyer. When he is basically taking an established law like ObamaCare -- whether you like parts of it or not, or even the whole thing --and you're using that as a stick to shut down the American government, that is taking it a bit far, isn't it?

ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Not only that, but I think it raises very serious constitutional questions of the kind that Ted Cruz should be interested in. Could you imagine Hamilton and Madison sitting around and drafting the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. They’re talking about how the government has to pay its debts, how it has to secure the credit of the United States, how the House of Representatives is to originate bills on revenue.

Nobody in a million years would have contemplated the power of Congress to shut down the government, to create doubts about our creditworthiness. I think you can make a very strong argument that what Ted Cruz is doing is deeply unconstitutional. Whether a court would accept that or say it's a political question is another issue, but Cruz is a principled man. He ought to look at the Constitution and look into his heart and ask himself 'what would Alexander Hamilton have done?'

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