Appearing on MSNBC to discuss the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz challenged Richard Painter - a former White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. Running in Minnesota as a Democrat for the United States Senate, Painter has been an outspoken #NeverTrumper.
Painter has stated that numerous Trump administration officials have ties to Russia. On Saturday, Painter and Dershowitz got into a verbal affray over what the latter said is Mueller’s “mix reputation.” Painter denied the charge that Mueller, before he became FBI director during George W. Bush administration, had overseen an investigation that resulted in the imprisonment of four innocent men.
Alan Dershowitz: Well, today the worst place you want to be is a friend or business associate of Donald Trump because prosecutors will stop at nothing to try to flip you and use you as a witness against him. There are two tragedies here. One the way the White House has behaved and second is with Mueller -- who has a mixed reputation when I was in Boston in regard to four innocent people who spent their life and two of them dying in prison.
Richard Painter: That’s not true. You cannot say that about him. That is not true, professor.
Dershowitz: It is true. Look, Painter is a zealot… Well, let me talk about your reputation. Painter is trying to parlay his anti-Trump zealotry into a run for the Senate. He has lied repeatedly about me and other people who are Trump supporters.
Painter: No. You have no right to go on national television and say things that are false about Robert Mueller.
Alan Dershowitz: You said, let me finish, that I know nothing about Israel. You condemn me for that. I have advised four presidents and advised four prime ministers of Israel. You lie through your teeth!
Painter then said that he has never lied about Dershowitz and again denounced the acclaimed legal expert for supposedly lying about Mueller and “assaulting” his reputation.” When Painter referred to Mueller as a good American, Dershowitz responded, “He may be, but you’re not, sir. You’re a liar and you’ve lied repeatedly about my background, about my expertise. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”