Dershowitz on Don Jr. meeting: What’s the big deal?

(National SentinelElection 2016: Yet another real law expert has weighed in on Donald Trump Jr.’s alleged “collusion” meeting with a Russian lawyer a year ago: There’s no there, there.

Noted Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, certainly no conservative, told Fox News‘ “Justice” program, hosted by Janine Pirro, on Sunday that a candidate (or in this case, a candidate’s son) is free to dig up opposition research from any source.

“If it were to be prosecuted, the First Amendment would trump. A candidate has the right to get information from whatever source the information comes,” said Dershowitz, in response to Don Jr.’s meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to do opposition research.

“If the material was obtained unlawfully, you prosecute, if you can, the people who obtain the material,” he added. “But there is a First Amendment right of a candidate to use information. You can’t include information under the campaign finance law. That would be unconstitutional.”

For what it’s worth, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has criticized Democratic National Committee efforts last year to obtain Ukrainian government-supplied opposition research on then-GOP candidate Donald J. Trump. The DNC was attempting to secure the information in a bid to help the campaign of Hillary Clinton — something the mainstream media princes and princesses in D.C. and New York City refuse to cover.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate for the Democrats to get help from the Ukrainian government,” Schiff, whose committee is investigating Russian election meddling, said. “It would be problematic to get any kind of support from a foreign government.”

NCAA College Football & Tailgate Time“If you are looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, which actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian Embassy,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. “This is not an accusation. That is an on-the-record action that they took.”

Now, if we can just get Schiff and the Democrats to admit their “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative is completely fabricated, maybe we can get Congress and the White House together to solve our country’s problems.

We know. Wishful thinking. The Democrats have whipped up their base into such a frenzy over this they have to “deliver” something. Let’s also recall that special prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team of Democrat-supporting lawyers is still lurking out there.


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Alan Dershowitz is a long-time Trump ally so it comes as no surprise that he would say that it is ok for Donald Jr. to have sought to obtain “dirt” on Hilary from Russian government backed operatives. As Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells us, any effort to obtain evidence on Trump Sr. is on record. It is at this very point at which we should begin to see the marked differences between the DNC and the Trump campaign. For his part, not only did Donald Jr. conceal the fact that he, his brother-in-law, Jared Kurshner and Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort,… Read more »

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

If this were 4 years ago, and same scenario happens with Michelle Obama meeting with three people tied to Iran to get dirt on Romney before his re-election, how do Republicans and Trump supporters react? Would they say this is normal opposition research? I doubt it. Clinton and Trump should both be made examples of so this type of behavior is not accepted as ethical by the American people ever again.

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