Dershowitz worried “Democracy” endangered
Alan Dershowitz is a real dyed in the wool liberal, but the very smart, very honest kind. If you read my blog, you know how much I love and respect the man and his opinion, I would vote for him — for President — if Trump wasn’t available. Dershowitz is not only almost always right about things — he is almost always right first, and usually publishes the legal hook or logical angle everybody else ends up regurgitating on air or in their writings — between 24 and 72 hours after he publishes and/or speaks. A lot of people are fast thinkers but later on turn out to be wrong. Dershowitz is a fast thinker who later on turns out to be right. Very hard to do.
Although I doubt he would accept the job, Dershowitz would be a great Attorney General. I like Sessions, don’t get me wrong, he’s just upside down on the pot issue, and right now, the pot issue is THE civil rights and justice issue that is tearing black cities apart.
I’d give anything to have a 30 minute talk with Sessions about the other side of the pot issue because I believe he is a sympathetic and compassionate man — and could see the light — but maybe that’s just wishful thinking, I don’t know. I can say one thing, I’ve studied the man for years, and aside from this issue, he’s always in the right, even when that requires political sacrifice.
Back to Dershowitz and his brilliant analysis of the dangers presented by Mueller and his probe — ideas I am sure AG Sessions has already thought about.
This excerpt from a story in The Hill is terrific, Dershowitz writes for them, making The Hill a must read for me, although this is not a column by him, but a news story about a radio interview he gave this weekend, describing the constitutional dangers present in the existing Russian Interference investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Mueller.
The Hill — Attorney Alan Dershowitz says special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia “endangers Democracy.”
“The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy. [It] reminds me of what the head of the KGB said to Stalin: ‘Show me the man, and I will find you the crime,'” Dershowitz told John Catsimatidis on New York’s AM 970 in an interview that aired on Sunday.
“[This is] where things happen in darkness and secrecy. The American public doesn’t learn about it,” he said, accusing the investigators of not sharing information with the public. “This exactly the wrong way to approach the problem of Russia’s attempt to influence American election. We do not know what is going on. We get leaks, but the leaks are selective leaks.”
The Harvard law scholar, who is an opinion contributor to The Hill, also criticized former FBI Director James Comey, whom he called one of the “worst offenders” of leaks that have encouraged other members of government to leak classified information.
“One of the worst offenders of leaks is the former head of the FBI, Comey,” Dershowitz says. “[He] created a very very bad precedent for people in government, making it sound like it is okay to leak material. It is not okay to leak material.”
Comey had a friend leak several memos of his conversations with President Trump to the New York Times shortly after he was dismissed from the FBI in May.
The conversations detailed in the memos, in which Trump appears to ask Comey to drop his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, are widely credited as the deciding factor that led to the formation of Mueller’s special counsel office.
Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and alleged collusion between Trump campaign staff and Moscow.