The Department of Justice’s recent appointment of a Special Counsel tasked with uncovering any Trump-Russian collusion, has left some questioning the intent of the decision.
Many believe it is important to get to the bottom of these Russian claims, in order to put an end to the constant bickering and speculation. However, some are questioning whether the Special Counsel is the right move to properly address these allegations, as the scope of the Counsel appears to be very limited.
One of these skeptics include Alan Dershowitz, a democrat-supporter, Constitutional Law Expert and Harvard Law professor. His skepticism derives from the fact that the role of a Special Counsel is to only find evidence of prosecutable crimes. This means that the investigation will be done behind closed doors, and is strictly conducted on the mandate of finding out whether or not Trump and/or his associates broke a federal law. Essentially, this means that any political wrongdoing or questionable behaviour found will not be released; only information regarding whether any law was broken will be announced, come the end of the investigation.
This is pertinent, because on Fox News, Dershowitz stated that there are no federal statutes that are violated in regards to the accusatory remarks that Trump colluded with the Russians.
Dershowitz says that, “Even if the campaign coordinated, which there is no evidence of, but coordinated activities with Russia and even (if) Russia said ‘wouldn’t it be better if Trump were elected’, that’s political wrongdoing – but that’s not a crime.”
Nobody could point me to a statute that would be violated and the prosecutor is only allowed to look for evidence of a federal crime.” said Dershowitz.
“As long as the Trump administration or no individual told them to hack the DNC,” continued Dershowitz, “or gave them information that was useful in hacking the DNC, that would be obviously very different; but just knowing that they hacked the DNC, taking advantage of that fact, that’s not a crime.”
Tucker Carlson, who was taken aback by these remarks, went on questioning Dershowitz as to why the Counsel was appointed.
Dershowitz replied, “There shouldn’t be a (special counsel). The letter says you should, ‘look into the Russian thing and anything that comes out of it’, nobody points to any kind of crime, and their can’t be obstruction of justice for the president to fire Comey (as), that is his constitutional and statutory right.”
Indeed, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, states in this letter that, “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. […] What I have determined is that, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”
Here is the aforementioned letter:
Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation, was an FBI Director under Bush, and oversaw the FBI during the 9/11 attacks.
Dershowitz believes that Mueller will not find anything indictable during the investigation, except, in a worst-case scenario for Trump, a prosecution of former National Security Advisor, Michael J. Flynn, for lying to officials.