Former Harvard Law professor and constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz said Friday's announcement of indictments for 12 Russia military intelligence officers "proves that we never needed a special counsel," Mediaite reported.
Dershowitz was responding to a question from Fox News host Martha MacCallum about a tweet by Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for President Donald Trump, who wrote after the indictments were announced, "The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent."
"It proves — this indictment proves that we never needed a special counsel,” Dershowitz said. "This indictment could have been brought by ordinary prosecutors, ordinary FBI agents. There's no conflict here. It's Russians they are going after. There is no president; There's no people around the president;
"There's no conflict between the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and Americans — it's all Russians. Why do we need to spend 20, 30, 40 million dollars, have a special counsel appointed to do a routine national security investigation? [That's] number one."
The second point, according to Dershowitz, was that the guilt or innocence of those indicted would never be known because "they are never going to go on trial."
"They are indicted. Do you think the Russians are going extradite them? Do you think they're going travel to the United States to Disneyland to get arrested? Of course, that's not going to happen. So, it will be the end of the process."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the 12 Russian military intelligence officers were charged with hacking into the accounts of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's campaign and other party operations during the 2016 election.
Dershowitz called the indictments "one-sided allegations," adding, "They are not proof."
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