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Dershowitz: DOJ Controversy Shows 'Politicization' of DOJ

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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 10:31 AM

The increasing controversy concerning the Justice Department and FBI are proof of the politicization of the criminal justice system, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Friday, and that's why he wanted a nonpartisan commission rather than Congress to look into the matter.

"When you have Congress look into it, the Republicans try to gain political advantage," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "I just think we have to move back and start looking at things objectively and scientifically and finding out what really happened."

He added that he does think there is some bias showing among FBI agents, but he's sure the bias works both ways, against President Donald Trump and against former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"I'm sure there are people who were Trump supporters, people who were Clinton supporters," Dershowitz said. "What we have to do is make sure that people who have strong, strong views recuse themselves from participating in any investigation."

He does not, however, think there were crimes broken, however, with FBI officials such as Peter Strzok exchanging anti-Trump memos with fellow FBI employee Lisa Page, with whom he had been romantically involved.

Page worked briefly on special counsel Robert Mueller's team probing Russia-Trump connections, and Strzok, in addition to being one of Mueller's investigators, also was involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

"I don't see crimes I see ethical violations that the Justice Department or the FBI might want to look into," Dershowitz said. "But, you remember that old ad on television that used to say 'where's the beef?' I always say where's the statute? Where's the statute. Show me the federal criminal statute that's been violated."

Democrats are saying there was an obstruction of justice, and Republicans are claiming "espionage" against Clinton, but both are "like an accordion. You can make it as big or as small as you want."

"I don't want to seat criminal law expanded in that way simply to target political opponents," he said.

Meanwhile, Dershowitz has been criticized by liberals for agreeing with Trump this week that there was no obstruction of justice involved, but he isn't on anyone's side.

"I call it the Donald Trump diet," he said. "I have lost 7 pounds because my liberal friends have stopped inviting me to their parties. After four years, I will be back to my high school weight."

But, he insisted he's on the side of the rule of law.

"The Constitution is clear," he said. "If the president exercises his constitutional authority by firing somebody or by pardoning somebody, that cannot be the basis for obstruction of justice. If he goes further and lies or tells his people to destroy evidence, of course that's different. That's how [Richard] Nixon and [Bill] Clinton got in trouble."

He also denied he's been rewarded in any way, including with promise to be seated on the Supreme Court.

"I want to be a Supreme Court justice at the age of 79?" Dershowitz said. "I'm also being attacked for my article yesterday saying that Trump was right in recognizing Jerusalem and [ex-President Barack] Obama was wrong when he engineered a resolution that would have changed the status quo by saying all of Judaism's holy places are now illegally occupied territory. I'm being criticized for that by people because that's what Tump said. And if Trump said it, that means Dershowitz can't say it because that means Dershowitz is on Trump's side. I'm on the side of justice and fair news."

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The increasing controversy concerning the Justice Department and FBI are proof of the politicization of the criminal justice system, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Friday, and that's why he wanted a nonpartisan commission rather than Congress to look...
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