Attorney and Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said on “America’s Newsroom” that Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a mistake with some of the hirings for his legal team in the Russia investigation. President Trump said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” that the hirings are “bothersome.” Reports in recent days have pointed out that lawyers working on the probe have donated to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s campaigns. Dershowitz suggested the hirings cast some suspicion on the neutrality of the investigation, noting the close friendship between Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey. “When you’re having a criminal prosecution that’s political, you have to be Caesar’s wife. You can’t give the other side any opportunity to accuse you of political partisanship, which is why I think it was a mistake for Mueller to hire, essentially, people who have been large contributors to the [Clinton] campaign,” said Dershowitz. He also said Trump’s “bluff” toward Comey – in which he tweeted about the possible existence of tapes of their conversations – was “perfectly legal.” Dershowitz said he once used a similar tactic in a case he was working on, suggesting to a police officer on the witness stand that he possessed a transcript of a key recording. “It [was entrapment] in the interest of justice,” he recalled. Dershowitz said, however, that he’s not sure Trump’s tweet was a good idea because it led Comey to leak his memos and it prompted Mueller to be appointed as special counsel.
Keep in mind, Dershowitz is a liberal Democrat who voted for Hillary. To see the video of his full opinion, click on the text above.