Renowned author, lawyer, and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz sat down with Fox News to discuss the nature of the controversies currently surrounding President Donald Trump. Despite the intense media speculation surrounding allegations of collusion between Trump and Russia, Alan Dershowitz states simply:
“Well first of all I don’t see any evidence of collusion, but second even if there was major collusion, that is not a crime. Even hypothetically if the administration or the candidate got together with the Russians and said ‘please help me become president and do whatever you can to help me.’ That wouldn’t be a crime. It would be terrible politically, but it wouldn’t be a crime, and that’s why I think that the appointment of this Special Counsel is more window dressing than anything else. He has very limited jurisdiction. He can only look at crimes and the most serious allegations that have been made have nothing to do with criminal conduct. It is not criminal conduct. Collusion with the Russians is not criminal. Leaking information to the Russians that may have hurt the security of one of our allies or intelligence services: that’s not a crime. Firing the Director of the FBI: that’s not a crime… I challenge anybody in the media or the legal process to show me the statute that would be violated if there was collusion… The only way we have crimes in this country is to show a specific criminal statute and it just isn’t there.”
There is much more to the interview (see below). It is worth noting that Alan Dershowitz is both a respected legal scholar and a democrat.
Regardless of one’s opinion of President Trump, what is going on in the mainstream media should give everyone, on both sides of the aisle, considerable pause. The media feeding frenzy over the current Trump controversies has gotten so far ahead of established facts, actual legal and constitutional considerations, and even politically realities, that it really does bring into question their credibility and agenda. This sort of aggressively political and sensational journalism sets a very dangerous precedent and will only degrade public trust in media institutions. For an example of why, please consult ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf.’