The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the agency's Russia investigation will aid President Donald Trump, Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Thursday.
"I just don't feel sorry for him saying this is the subject of a witch-hunt," he told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "He will be the beneficiary of the appointment of a special prosecutor.
"The special prosecutor is supposed to investigate crime," he explained. "Most of the things leveled at the Trump administration are not criminal acts.
"Collaborating with the Russians to get yourself elected, not a criminal act," he added.
"Terrible. But not criminal.
"The same thing is true with leaking information to the Russians."
Dershowitz added that "Mueller has no jurisdiction to explore whether he made political mistakes, did terrible things, engaged in wrongdoing – only criminal conduct."
Because his investigation would be conducted in secret, "we will never find it out," the retired professor said.
"It will always be done in secret.
"There should be a special investigative committee, in which everything is done in the open.
"There, we have both sides presented. We have it out in the open.
"Don't have it in the black box of grand jury we will never know," he argued. "Only hear selective leaks.
"Not hear the whole truth."
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