(National Sentinel) Russia Investigation: Famed constitutional attorney Alan Dershowitz said Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by the Justice Department to investigate allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia, has far surpassed his mandate.
In an interview with Fox News, Dershowitz, who is a Democrat, said that Mueller was attempting to turn constitutional actions by presidents into crimes. The former FBI director was “going well beyond his authority as a prosecutor,” the Harvard law professor emeritus said.
In recent days Mueller has requested documents from the Justice Department regarding President Donald J. Trump’s dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, who is a longtime friend and associate of Mueller’s. He also wants documents related to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recuse from the Russia investigation.
Mueller is scheduled to interview a number of White House officials.
But Dershowitz defended Trump, saying, “The president is entitled to fire the head of the FBI. The president is entitled to direct his attorney general who to investigate, who not to.”
“That’s what the law has been since Thomas Jefferson,” he added, saying that if we want to change it Congress must do so, not through a special prosecutor.
“I don’t see that the prosecutor should have a right to turn a constitutionally protected act of the president into a crime by speculating on what his motive might have been,” he stated.
“These are political sins if they are sins at all. They are not crimes.”
“He’s going to do the domino game,” Dershowitz forecast, explaining that Mueller will indict someone close to the president on an unrelated matter and then press them for more information about Trump and Russia.
That’s dangerous, however, because those indicted often exaggerate because they know “the better the evidence, the sweeter the deal.”
Dershowitz defended Trump in May as well, saying that the president had every right to call then-FBI Director Comey off a probe of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Mueller’s team is reported to have sufficient evidence already to indict both Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who also worked for the Trump campaign, The Hill noted this week.
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