Commenting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report that exonerated President Trump of colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign, famed attorney and best selling author Alan Dershowitz criticized Mueller's inconclusive remarks about obstruction of justice in the report, and he also condemned the liberal media, specifically CNN, for misinforming the public about the entire collusion issue.
“This is a good day for the president," said Dershowitz on the March 24 edition of Fox News@Night, hosted by Shannon Bream. "It’s a very, very bad day for CNN."
"I have to tell you, they should be hanging their head in shame when you think about how many people went out on a limb and predicted there would be indictments for obstruction," said the Professor Emeritus of Law at Harvard University. "There would be indictments for collusion. There would be indictments for this and for that. They made it seem like it was an open-and-shut case."
"And they misinformed the American public," he said. "They have to have some public accountability when you say things that turn out not to be true.”
"Look, I’ve been vindicated,” said Dershowitz. “I’ve been saying this from day one and have been criticized and condemned for simply doing a legal analysis that I think any reasonable, objective, non-partisan lawyer would have done, would have come to the same conclusion I came to, and essentially the conclusion that was come to today by the attorney general.”
Dershowitz did not, however, support Mueller's ambiguous claims about obstruction.
“I’m probably going to be the only person on your show who is going to be very critical of Mueller," said the well-known defense attorney and constitutional scholar. "I thought it was a cop out for him to say there was not enough evidence to indict [on obstruction], but it’s not an exoneration, and we’re going to put a report out which says on the one hand, and on the other hand. It sounds like a law school exam."
“That's not the job of the prosecutor," said Dershowitz. "The job of the prosecutor is to decide yes or no, make a decision. And then if you say yes, you indict. If you say no, you shut up. You don't go on and say, no, we're not going to indict, but let me tell you all the evidence that might have led us to indict."
"That's exactly what prosecutors shouldn't do," he said.
Dershowitz continued, “That’s exactly what [ex-FBI Director James] Comey did. How is this different from Comey? Comey says, ‘I’m not going to indict Hillary Clinton, but let me tell you, it was a close case, she had all of this stuff, and she was extremely careless, and she did terrible things. But we’re not going to indict her.’ That’s not what prosecutors do."
"So I challenge defenders of Mueller, to distinguish what Mueller did in relation to obstruction of justice to what Comey did in relation to her email and why she wasn’t indicted on that," said Dershowitz. "I don’t see a big difference."
Alan Dershowitz, a regular commentator on television and radio, is the former Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. As an appellate lawyer, he won 13 of the 15 murder cases he handled. Some of his more famous clients include Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Claus von Bulow and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz is the author or co-author of 34 books.