While the left salivates expectantly at the prospect of Robert Mueller validating their claims of collusion between the president and Russia, others see the special counsel appointment as a good thing for Trump.
Democrats have celebrated the news of Mueller leading the investigation as a sure sign of the impeding impeachment of Trump, but legal scholar and Harvard University Law School professor, Alan Dershowitz, believes Mueller’s appointment could actually end up vindicating the president.
While he is not a Trump supporter, Dershowitz made his point on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday, asking why a special counsel is even needed when there is no crime to investigate.
“I just don’t see a crime here,” he said, after clarifying that he “proudly” voted for Hillary Clinton and was appearing as a “supporter of civil liberties.”
“I see, perhaps, some political wrongdoing. I see leaking information on both sides,” he said. But, even if the Trump campaign had somehow collaborated with Russia – which he said there s no evidence for – it would still not be a criminal act.
“That’s political wrongdoing, but it’s just not a crime,” Dershowitz said. “Nobody can point me to a statute that would be violated. And a prosecutor is only allowed to look for evidence of a federal crime.”
He predicted that Trump will benefit from the special investigator because Mueller is ” a very honorable guy” and is not likely to leak information.
“In the end he’s going to find no crime,” Dershowitz said, adding that, in the worst case scenario, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could be indicted, but Trump would be able to pardon him.
“It’s going to be done in secret, behind closed doors, and all we get in the end is no indictment or a lower-level former official gets indicted,” Dershowitz said. “And I think in the end that helps the Trump administration, not hurts them.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee echoed the perspective that Mueller’s appointment is a positive thing for Trump, calling it a “gift.”
Huckabee argued on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” that with no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the president should treat the investigation as “water off a duck’s back” and not discuss the issue.
“He needs to be the happy warrior. He needs to be Reagan not Nixon,” the former Republican presidential candidate said.
“In a way, this whole investigation, this special counsel, is a gift,” Huckabee said. “Everytime they ask him a question about Russia, he simply can say ‘I’d love to answer that but this is under investigation and we can’t talk about it while it’s under investigation.'”
“He has a great reason to never answer another question about what the special counsel’s about,” he said.
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