(Tea Party PAC) – Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz is slamming Robert Mueller after the former special counsel’s first and only public statement after the conclusion of his investigation.
Dershowitz claims that the surprise statement served as a “political gift” for “radicals” among Democrats “seeking to institute impeachment proceedings” against the president.
Dershowitz wrote over at The Hill:
[Robert Mueller] went beyond the conclusion of his report and gave a political gift to Democrats in Congress who are seeking to institute impeachment proceedings against President Trump. By implying that President Trump might have committed obstruction of justice, Mueller effectively invited Democrats to institute impeachment proceedings. Obstruction of justice is a “high crime and misdemeanor” which, under the Constitution, authorizes impeachment and removal of the president.
Dershowitz has previously rejected the charge that Mueller’s conduct is partisan. He also presumed good faith on Mueller’s part as he investigated claims of “the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election” but has now certainly changed his mind about Mueller’s partiality.
Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.
Prosecutors are not placed in the position of determining a person’s guilt or innocence, Dershowitz noted, reminding readers that within our judicial system, one is deemed innocent until proven guilty. Our system requires a “full adversarial trial with a zealous defense attorney, vigorous cross examination, exclusionary rules of evidence, and other due process safeguards.”
No prosecutor should ever say or do anything for the purpose of helping one party or the other. I cannot imagine a plausible reason why Mueller went beyond his report and gratuitously suggested that President Trump might be guilty, except to help Democrats in Congress and to encourage impeachment talk and action. Shame on Mueller for abusing his position of trust and for allowing himself to be used for such partisan advantage.
In February, Dershowitz speculated that Mueller’s report, at that time still forthcoming, would amount to a “road map for more investigations” related to the dual narratives of “collusion” and “election hacking.”
Well, he was sure right about that. Before Mueller’s report even came, several House committees had launched new investigations into the president, despite the findings in the Mueller report that there was no evidence of collusion or obstruction.
And sure enough, Mueller’s report Wednesday has resulted in fresh calls for impeachment, despite Mueller offering nothing new beyond throwing chum in the waters for the Democrats.