Dershowitz: Raid on Trump Attorney's Office 'Unjustified,' Should Have Been 'Last Resort'
Attorney Alan Dershowitz said Thursday that the FBI's raids on the office, home and hotel room of President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was not justified and should only have been done as a "last resort."
Fox News confirmed Wednesday that the raids were conducted in order to obtain information on the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, which featured lewd comments by Trump about women.
The search Monday was reportedly aimed at Cohen's attempts to suppress harmful material about Trump ahead of the election, including the $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Speaking on "America's Newsroom," Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus said the raids were drastic given the level of crime suspected.
"The raid itself was, from everything I can see, unjustified. What they were looking for were not the most serious crimes - not terrorism, not drug lords, not organized crime - but maybe some kind of technical election violations or tax violations," he said, questioning whether seizing documents potentially protected by attorney-client privilege was warranted.
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Dershowitz said Trump and Cohen now face the possibility that some of the information seized in the raids could leak out. Bill Hemmer asked whether a potential campaign finance violation would be enough to justify the raids.
"That's not good enough," said Dershowitz, arguing Mueller could have subpoenaed bank and tax records and other communications.
"You use a raid on a lawyer's office as a last resort," he added, stating that a judge or a monitor of some kind should have been present to decide which information could be seized.
Watch the full analysis above and see Dershowitz explain the "subterfuge" used by Mueller to carry out the raid.