Alan Dershowitz believes the indictments of 12 Russians announced by the Department Of Justice proves there was no need for a special counsel.
The former Harvard law professor came to the defense of President Donald Trump, criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election following the announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals Friday.
“Well, you know it proves — this indictment proves that we never needed a special counsel,” Dershowitz said on Fox News’ “The Story With Martha MacCallum” Friday night.
“This indictment could have been brought by ordinary prosecutors, ordinary FBI agents. There’s no conflict here. It’s Russians they are going after. There is no president; There’s no people around the president,” he said.
The Justice Department announced the indictments against the 12 members of the GRU, the Russian Military Intelligence organization. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments for hacking the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials, according to CNN.
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime,” Rosenstein said at a news conference. “There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result.”
Dershowitz called out the investigation and why all the extra taxpayer dollars were needed to run a “routine” investigation.
“There’s no conflict between the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and Americans — It’s all Russians,” he said. “Why do we need to spend 20, 30, 40 million dollars, have special counsel appointed to do a routine national security investigation?”
Trump private attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani applauded the indictment announcement as “good news for all Americans” but said it’s time to shut down the Mueller probe.
The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans. The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent.
— Mayor Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 13, 2018
President Trump, who was reportedly briefed by Rosenstein earlier this week and has no plans to cancel a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin set for Monday in Helsinki. Putin has repeatedly denied his government had anything to do with meddling in the U.S. election.