Renowned Harvard Law School professor and author, Alan Dershowitz, asserted during an interview with Newsmax on Tuesday that a third criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump is almost certain. However, he added that none of the current cases appear to have sufficient evidence to result in honest convictions.
Dershowitz specifically referred to the ongoing investigation by special counsel Jack Smith into Trump’s involvement in the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol. He believes that Trump will inevitably face an indictment for this incident, but the critical question is whether the charges will be related to a constitutionally protected speech made on that day.
The professor stated that while he believes Trump’s speech was ill-advised, it does not constitute a criminal act or an impeachable offense. Despite the House impeaching Trump based on this speech, he was later acquitted in the Senate.
Dershowitz is also keen to see if the indictment includes allegations related to the creation of alleged “fake electors” during the 2020 election dispute, as he believes such actions are constitutionally permissible.
Explaining his perspective, Dershowitz highlights the “weaponization” of the criminal justice system and impeachment by both major political parties. He considers this a significant tragedy for the country, as it undermines the integrity of the justice system and contributes to polarization.
The professor argued that to impeach a president, the charges must involve treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors comparable to criminal conduct. He does not believe that Republicans currently possess enough evidence to pursue President Joe Biden in a similar manner without being accused of hypocrisy.
Dershowitz advocates for a more balanced approach, urging both parties to refrain from exploiting legal processes for political gain. He believes that voters should be able to make their choices based on policy and qualifications rather than focusing on accusations of criminal wrongdoing.
Ultimately, Dershowitz emphasizes the importance of preserving the democratic process, allowing citizens to have the final say through the ballot box.