Alan Dershowitz says the commotion about President Trump being investigated for obstruction of justice all boils down to how what “the Democrats are trying to do to [him] is exactly what some Republican extremists tried to do to Hillary Clinton.”
Trump seemed to admit that he was under investigation in a tweet last week, though Jay Sekulow, the president’s lawyer, profusely denies that this is actually the case. Dershowitz spoke with Fox’s Tucker Carlson about all of this, and the Harvard law professor said that all the talk of investigations and impeachment is essentially payback for the “lock her up” chants at Trump’s 2016 campaign rallies.
“The very people who were pushing for Donald Trump to be investigated, indicted, and impeached would be on the other side of the issue if the shoe were on the other foot, and if they were trying to expand the obstruction of justice statute or espionage statue and apply it to a Democrat rather than the Republican. I think we need a single standard of justice in this country. And I think both sides are trying to criminalize too much. If you disagree with people, throw them out of office, don’t elect them. But the idea of charging your enemies with political crimes is too prevalent on both sides of the political aisle.”
Dershowitz went on to talk about how Trump had the constitutional authority to fire James Comey and ask the former FBI director to cease his investigation into Michael Flynn. Without an independent investigation of criminal conduct, Dershowitz concluded, the current debate is promoting “selective injustice” that could give way to bad legal precedent.
“Do you really want the presidency to turn on a subjective definition of a corrupt motive, rather than on objective evidence?” Dershowitz asked. “They are falling all over themselves, trying to find a statute that they can expand and they can apply only to Donald Trump and then,…