Dershowitz: House GOP Making Case for Trump's Impeachment With 'Dumb' Move Against Rosenstein
'It really will backfire,' Harvard professor argues.
Alan Dershowitz said Thursday that by trying to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, House Republicans are actually bolstering the left's argument for impeaching President Trump.
On Wednesday, a group of 11 House Republicans introduced five articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, accusing him of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The articles were introduced by Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, the chairman and a prominent member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
I just filed a resolution with @Jim_Jordan and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein. The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight--even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas.
We have had enough.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 25, 2018
On "America's Newsroom," Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, reiterated what he wrote in his book, "The Case Against Impeaching Trump." He said evidence of specific crimes must be present in order to move forward with impeachment, whether it's Rosenstein or Trump.
He emphasized that the process cannot be based on political differences, blasting Republicans for a "short-sighted" and "stupid" maneuver.
"If you don't like the way Rod Rosenstein is responding to your subpoena, charge him with contempt of court. Bring him to court. But do not use impeachment. That just helps the Democrats who are trying to impeach Trump. It's a dumb, dumb decision," he said, adding Republicans' impeachment articles do not charge crimes.
Dershowitz said therefore, there is no case to be made for impeaching Rosenstein.
"It really will backfire," he concluded, predicting the House will immediately bring articles of impeachment against the president if they are victorious in November.
House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff said the impeachment decision was made in "bad faith" and shows the group of Republicans to be "willing accomplices in the most serious threat to the rule of law in a generation."
These articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump. History will record these Members as willing accomplices in the most serious threat to the rule of law in a generation. https://t.co/nZvyytfgKk
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 26, 2018
See Judge Napolitano's argument against the House Republicans' move, here.