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Dershowitz: 'We Need Less Redaction, More Transparency'

(Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures")

By    |   Sunday, 22 July 2018 12:55 PM

Ripping the redactions of the recently released FISA documents, civil liberties expert Alan Dershowitz denounced the "flawed" special counsel process that has rendered "more questions than answers."

"The process is a very flawed one, and the more the American people know about it, the more distressed they are at how special counsels operate, particularly in the context of political elections," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures." "We need to know more not less. We need less redaction, more transparency, and we have the right to judge for ourselves whether or system of justice is operating fairly, within the Constitution, and consistent with civil liberties.

"Right now there are more questions than answers."

The Justice Department released a heavily redacted 400-plus-page document Friday, detailing the justifications to seek a warrant to wiretap Carter Page, a U.S. citizen loosely attached to the Trump campaign.

"Well, I'm used to seeing redacted information," Dershowitz told host Maria Bartiromo. "I would say 90 percent of redactions are generally designed to cover people's incompetence and they're not national security [concerns].

"And I think you should have an objective neutral person go through the redactions and always error in favor of publicly releasing transparencies rather than secrecy."

Dershowitz added a rebuke of the process having put fingers "on the scale of our election" and investigations into Trump campaign connections Russian meddling.

"We want to see fair elections," Dershowitz said. "We don't want to see the thumb of any FBI agents, Justice Department officials, Russia, [James] Comey – we don't want to see that thumb or even a pinkie on the scale of our election."

The DOJ has botched the process and given defense lawyers "a gold mine to work with," according to Dershowitz.

"[The Robert Mueller probe] is going to be a report, but there are also indictments and some contested cases, and in the contested cases lawyers have a gold mine to work with, defense lawyers challenging this FISA application, challenging [Peter] Strzok's objectivity," Dershowitz said. "All of this will become a basis for legal proceedings and legal challenges."

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Ripping the redactions of the recently released FISA documents, civil liberties expert Alan Dershowitz denounced the "flawed" special counsel process that has rendered "more questions than answers.""The process is a very flawed one, and the more the American people know...
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