Democrats and liberals, such as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), believe the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosector to investigate the theory of Trump-Russia collusion is the first step in President Donald Trump’s eventual impeachment.
But Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, a liberal who voted for Hillary Clinton, believes Mueller’s appointment will help Trump — not bring his downfall like so many Democrats want.
“I just don’t see a crime here,” Dershowitz said Friday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Dershowitz explained that even if Democratic theories about Trump and Russia are true — that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia last year to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign and bolster Trump’s chances at winning the White House — it amounts only to “political wrongdoing.”
“Nobody can point me to a statute that would be violated [by the Trump-Russia collusion],” Dershowitz said. “And a prosecutor is only allowed to look for evidence of a federal crime.”
Instead, Dershowitz told show host Tucker Carlson that Mueller’s appointment will benefit Trump because Mueller is a “very honorable” man who won’t leak information, because the proceedings will happen out of the public eye and because Mueller will find no evidence of a crime. At most, Dershowitz said Mueller might issue a report, which the law professor said would be “improper.”
In fact, Dershowitz said “the worst cast scenario” for Trump would be if the investigation concludes with the indictment of former national security adviser Michael Flynn — which even then would take a year or two, Dershowitz explained.
Still, Democrats are parading themselves on cable television night after night arguing that Trump’s presidential campaign committed a crime by allegedly colluding with Russia on things like the WikiLeaks data dump, which released documents from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and proved to be harmful to Clinton’s campaign.
But Dershowitz explained again that “taking advantage” of what WikiLeaks did is “not a crime.”
Later in the interview, Dershowitz also destroyed the Democratic claim that Trump committed obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month. Dershowitz said that Trump isn’t committing obstruction if he’s performing his constitutional duties, which he said involves directing the Department of Justice as head of the executive branch.
“I don’t see any crime here at all,” Dershowitz said, referring to Comey’s dismissal.
The Harvard professor went on to say that a lot of what is happening right now in the government is top officials trying to protect their reputations but also trying to stay in good graces with Trump.
“Amazing,” Carlson said when Dershowitz finally ended his explanations. “God bless you.”