Recently, former lawyer of Donald Trump and Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz slammed the indictment against the former president. Dershowitz appeared on Fox Business, where he criticized the four-count indictment against Trump in relation to the 2021 protests in Washington, D.C.
The famed lawyer alleged the indictment is beginning to appear like “banana republic land” and accused President Joe Biden and his administration of subverting democracy because of Trump’s status as a viable opponent. He claimed that Biden had weaponized the government to prosecute Trump because of this.
“We know that President Biden urged his attorney general to indict the man who he knew was going to be the leading opponent if against him,” Dershowitz said. “That begins to look like banana republic land. That’s what happens when people in power are afraid of the democratic process. What they do is they seek the indictment and prosecution of the people who are running against them.”
Dershowitz claimed that it is his right as an American citizen to vote for Donald Trump and that it should not be infringed upon by a government that allegedly wants to prosecute the former president on political grounds. He maintains that it is un-American.
“I have a constitutional right to vote against Donald Trump for the third time,” the lawyer explained. “I voted against him twice, I intend to vote against him again, but I want to have that right to vote against him and not have that right taken away from me by prosecutors and by the president, who wants to see him imprisoned. That’s just not the American way.”
The Harvard Law School professor further claims that the decision to place the trial in Washington, D.C. is unfair considering the overwhelmingly anti-Trump sentiment in the city. He further claims the judge in the case is known for being anti-Trump, which could also hinder a fair and just trial.
“We’re not there yet, but this is a step in that direction, and also placing the case in the District of Columbia, which is 95% anti-Trump, putting it in front of a judge with a history of anti-Trump. If the government thinks they have a strong case, they ought to join the defense and agree to move it to West Virginia or Virginia and put it in front of another judge who doesn’t have a long history of anti-Trump attitudes. So, I don’t believe he can get a fair trial in the District of Columbia. And this indictment is deeply, deeply flawed. The government will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt did he actually believe that he had genuinely lost the election,” Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz also recently slammed Attorney General Bill Barr, who claimed that free speech is not a factor in Trump’s trial. “I like Bill Barr, he’s a good man, but I think he’s just dead wrong about that. Of course this is a free speech case,” Dershowitz said. “Everything involves his exercise of free speech. Not just his First Amendment free speech but also his First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
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