Dershowitz: Criminal Law Is Not an 'Accordion' to Be Used Against Political Opponents
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat, has been getting a lot of backlash for downplaying some claims from the left that President Trump committed obstruction of justice.
He said this morning that it all comes down to the rule of law and the American justice system cannot be an "accordion" that expands to target a political adversary.
“People have accused me of everything...People can’t just accept that I’m saying what I believe & I would be saying the same thing if Hillary Clinton were president.” I spoke to the @washingtonpost about this: https://t.co/Vn7HBRKIGY
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) December 7, 2017
Dershowitz explained that he takes the same measured stance when it comes to claims that Hillary Clinton committed "espionage" with her use of a private email server.
When it comes to Trump and alleged collusion with Russia, Dershowitz said he's still waiting to be shown the "statute" that was violated. His recent views have earned him scorn from the left, he explained.
"I call it the Donald Trump diet. I have lost seven pounds because my liberal friends have stopped inviting me to dinner parties. After four years, I will be back to my high school weight," he joked, adding that he is not on anyone's side.
"A lot of people on the left don't want to understand my view because they say, 'which side are you on? Oh, you're on Trump's side? Oh, you are on Clinton’s side?' I'm on nobody's side. I'm on the side of the rule of law, the Constitution."
He said when it comes to recent reports of allegedly anti-Trump FBI agents, he's "sure" that bias exists in the opposite direction as well among other FBI agents. Dershowitz said a "nonpartisan commission" should investigate Trump-Russia and Hillary Clinton to avoid any perception of political bias.
Watch his full analysis above.