Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz blasted special counsel Robert Mueller for passing information to federal prosecutors in New York that sparked a raid of President Donald Trump's lawyer – saying "it's not a good day for democracy."
In remarks to Fox News host Sean Hannity, Dershowitz said the development appears to be "a bifurcation" of the Mueller probe.
"Mueller has now acknowledged he doesn't have the authority to look into" Trump's pre-presidential activities, he said.
"So, he has filtered it off and given it to the Southern District of New York, which is going to investigate those aspects," he said.
But the raid of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is particularly odious, he said.
"There will be great distrust of relationships that are very important to American society," he said. "Confidential relationships between a priest and a penitent and a doctor and a patient and a lawyer and a client. That's not a good day for democracy."
Dershowitz decried Mueller is "moving some of the case over to the Southern District to look into some other matters regarding his lawyer, his private activity, negotiated settlements."
"Seems like a subterfuge by which Mueller doesn't have the authority so we get that to somebody else. Gives them the information. It is like laundering information to another prosecutorial authority."
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