President Barack Obama "changed the deal" on Iran's nuclear proliferation after his reelection, professing a goal to keep Tehran from making a nuclear weapon but "facilitating" precisely that outcome, lawyer Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV
In an interview with "Newsmax Prime" hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan, the Harvard law professor and author of "The Case Against the Iran Deal"
says Obama's defense of the pact is "contradictory."
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"In my book, I document statements that he made prior to his election, [and] statements he made after his reelection," Dershowitz said. "He's changed the deal. He's now facilitating Iran, legitimatizing Iran getting nuclear weapons."
"The preliminary statement to the deal says categorically: Iran reaffirms that it will never under any circumstances seek to obtain or obtain nuclear weapons," Dershowitz asserted. "The president should say that that's part of the deal, and if Iran ever violates that, the military option remains on the table. He hasn't done that. … He initially said we would never agree to containment, now he's agreed to containment and postponement."
Dershowitz said he agrees with Obama's assertion Wednesday
"that a nuclear armed Iran is a terrible threat," but the president has not answered the "hard questions."
"Why … did he allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons after the deal expires? Why does he have an inspection regime that allows Iran to move around any material in 24 days?" Dershowitz asks."I agree with the end of the deal, the goal, but not with the means that he used to achieve it."
Dershowitz also dismissed the possibility of an indictment
against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state,
"[There] can't be any possible indictment here because everything that Hillary Clinton did, whether you agree with it or disagree with it, was legal at the time she did it," he said. "You can't change the rules. There was no rule at the time she was secretary of state prohibiting her from using her private email, and none of the material that she sent or received was classified at the time. … That's just a lot of smoke and there's no fire."
Dershowitz added, however, Clinton "could be criticized" and her "judgment can be challenged, and the FBI would probably want to make sure it didn't happen again."
"But as an expert in criminal law for over 50 years, I am very, very confident that there really can't be any plausible indictment if I'm right — that everything she did was legal at the time she did it."
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