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Dershowitz: Weaponized Russia Probe 'Really Endangers Democracy'

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By    |   Sunday, 20 August 2017 09:02 AM

The Russian investigation and the appointment of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller has become a political weapon of the left, one that "really endangers democracy," self-proclaimed "liberal," author, and law professor Alan Dershowitz said.

"The idea of trying to create crimes just because we disagree with [Trump] politically, and target him, really endangers democracy," Dershowitz told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "[It] reminds me of what Lavrentiy Beria, the head of the KGB, said to Stalin: 'Show me the man, and I will find you the crime.'

"We shouldn't be targeting people. We shouldn't be looking for crimes they've committed. We should only being using the criminal justice system against obvious crimes. Crimes that are not not stretched and manufactured to fit a particular person."

Dershowitz's position is discussed in his new book "Trumped Up: How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy," available on Amazon.

"It's about how you can disagree with President Trump – you can agree with him – that's every American's right," Dershowitz said.

Dershowitz, who said he will be criticized from all sides – "right, left, and center" – told host John Catsimatidis the U.S. has long been a centrist country and the burgeoning extremes on both left and right are doing it damage. The U.S. needs to move back to the middle, where it belongs, he said.

Also, back to the Russia investigation into meddling in the U.S. election, this is not a left or right issue, it is an American issue that has been going on a long time, Dershowitz said. Having it be settled by Mueller's special counsel keeps the discussion from where it should be: in the public view.

"[This is] where things happen in darkness and secrecy," Dershowitz told Catsimatidis. "The American public doesn't learn about it.

"This exactly the wrong way to approach the problem of Russia’s attempt to influence American election. We do not know what is going on. We get leaks, but the leaks are selective leaks."

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The Russian investigation and the appointment of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller has become a political weapon of the left, one that "really endangers democracy," self-proclaimed "liberal," author, and law professor Alan Dershowitz said."The idea of trying to create...
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