Harvard law professor and legal expert Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News that calls for President Trump to be investigated for obstruction of justice is basically that “the Democrats are trying to do to [him] is exactly what some Republican extremists tried to do to Hillary Clinton.”
Dershowitz told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on June 19 that the Democrats’ talk about impeachment and investigation is nothing more than revenge to chants of “lock her up!” by Clinton’s detractors rallying for Trump during the 2016 presidential race.
“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 statute and apply it to a Democrat rather than the Republican,” said Dershowitz. “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 averred that Trump had the constitutional authority to fire former FBI Director James Comey and ask him to cease his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Without an independent investigation of criminal conduct, Dershowitz said, the current controversy promotes “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, they will bury the statute and try to put it back in its crib.”