Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz appeared Monday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, “Hannity,” blasting TV pundits who seem “anxious” to uncover crimes — any crimes they possibly can — against President Donald Trump.
The segment began with a discussion of the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen indictments, which have opened the door for many people in the mainstream media to label Trump an “unindicted co-conspirator,” as The Daily Caller reported.
“Professor Dershowitz, you kept saying this isn’t even jaywalking as it relates to the president. Can you explain to America’s dumb pundit lawyer class why you are right and they are so wrong?” Hannity asked Dershowitz bluntly.
“First, I completely understand why people are so anxious to try to find crimes against Trump, but you just can’t make it up,” Dershowitz emphasized last night.
“You have to look at the rule of law,” said Dershowitz. “And if you look at the statute, the statute says that a candidate can contribute any amount of money he wants into his own campaign, and President Trump has said the money came from him personally,” he said, obviously passionate about the topic.
“So unless new evidence develops, I see no indication of any criminal violation of any of the campaign finance statutes. If there are any, let’s hear, where’s the beef, where’s the statute? Point to me where the violation occurs. I know why people hope there is a violation, but hope can’t substitute for reality,” he exclaimed.
Dershowitz recently appeared on CNN — on a segment during which he again had to emphasize the letter of the law over what liberals wish were the law when it comes to the president.
Those comments from him came in an interview he did with Chris Cuomo that centered on the Manafort and Cohen indictments.
“If you look at the statute, the statute says that a candidate can contribute any amount of money he wants into his own campaign, and President Trump has said the money came from him personally.”
“Let me be very clear. I don’t have a dog in this fight … I’m here to defend civil liberties and to talk about the Constitution and to talk about the presumption of innocence,” Dershowitz explained as patiently as he possibly could to an incredulous and partisan Cuomo — who clearly wished and wanted the former professor to say anything but what he was actually saying.
See Dershowitz’s comments on “Hannity” Monday night in the video below.