Special Counsel “Never Needed”
The news that special counsel Robert Mueller has tapped more help from the Justice Department to help with the 1 year-old probe into Russian interference during the 2016 Election just shows that he was never needed in the 1st place, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz declared Friday.
“There are enough resources within the Justice Department, within the various U.S. Attorneys offices,”ProfessorDershowitz said in a TV interview. “He is using all of these resources. Why is he necessary? Why do we need somebody to come in and have targets on the back of people, violate civil liberties, try to squeeze people to sing or even to compose?”
Robert Mueller is using more career prosecutors from the offices of US Attorneys and from Justice Department HQ, along with FBI agents in a sign that he will eventually hand off parts of the spiraling investigation, according to former and current US Officials.
“The Special Counsel is a very dangerous phenomenon to Democracy,” said Professor Dershowitz. “We have in place inspector generals and congressional oversight committees and US Attorneys’ offices all over the country. That is enough. Why do we have to staff the prosecutor’s office?”
Professor Dershowitz said he suspects Mr. Mueller is trying to bring the investigation to an end, and that he will indict “some low-hanging fruit” in an effort to get them to talk about people higher up than they are. Then, he said, Mueller will most likely write a “very 1-sided” report showing only his side of the events.
“He will not hear defense lawyers with opposing arguments,” said Professor Dershowitz, adding that debate should be encouraged about the “impact of special counsel on the civil liberties of all Americans.”
If Mr. Mueller hands off the probe to a larger team of prosecutors, that would “vindicate me completely,” Professor Dershowitz added.
“That’s what I said from the beginning. Mueller should not be in this probe. It should be left to existing professional civil servant prosecutors, people who have served Republicans and Democrats alike, people who have been in the US Attorney’s office some of them 20, 30, 40 years.Let them do the investigation. We do not need a special counsel.”
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