Addressing the elephant in the room

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz “It all proves” that we never needed a Special Counsel

IG report

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says the IG report shows that we never needed the Special Counsel. Dershowitz said leaked portions of the IG report on fired FBI Director James Comey proves that there was never a need for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia.

President Trump echoed the statement on Twitter saying “It all proves that we never needed a Special Counsel…All of this could have been done by the Justice Dept. Don’t need a multi-million dollar group of people with a target on someone’s back. Not the way Justice should operate. “So true!

In separate tweets Trump regularly blast the “13 angry Democrats” referring to the partisans on the Mueller investigation.

 

Dershowitz appearing on Fox and Friend said he has several conclusions on the leaked IG report. The most important being that it was never needed. Dershowitz has been a very outspoken critic of the Special Counsel even though he is a Democrat. More importantly he is a staunch civil libertarian and the Special counsel if nothing else is a encroachment on civil liberties.

“Number one, somebody leaked it because they are afraid it’s going to get changed,” said Dershowitz. “They want people like us to see the original.”

He added that he hopes Horowitz hangs onto his regular draft, so he can be questioned about it.

 

“Second, it proves that we never needed a special counsel,” Dershowitz continued. “We have the inspector general. He is independent. He does a great job. All of this could have been done through the Justice Department, regular lawyers. You don’t need to bring in a multi-million-dollar group of people with a target on the back of specific individuals. That’s not the way justice should operate.

“Horowitz’s job is to make recommendations based on his report, but Congress has power to demand that he produce his original document and see if anything was changed and why.

“Let’s be fair, if there is something negative about Comey and Comey’s lawyer comes and says, no, this isn’t accurate, here is prove it isn’t accurate, it should be changed,” said Dershowitz. “That’s due process. If it’s changed for political reasons, that’s very different.”

Dershowitz, though, said that when the IG’s report comes out, it will be different from the original, but “we are entitled to see every single draft and know what was changed.”

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