Reactions from experts to President Trump’s confirmation that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s partisan Department of Justice was indicting him for having presidential records in his Mar-a-Lago home largely warned of the damage to elections that the move inflicted.
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And one, a longtime liberal who openly admits voting against Trump twice already, had a stunning suggestion: To draft a potential indictment of Joe Biden.
“If I were a Republican leader, what I would do is draft a potential indictment against Biden and his son based on the information that’s now available, and present that in the court of public opinion in juxtaposition with the indictment that will come down on Tuesday,” said Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School professor emeritus.
He said the indictment, reportedly stemming from documents from his presidency that Trump kept when he left office, was very weak.
“It has to be as least as strong as the case against Richard Nixon, which we will remember led not to Democrats to demand his resignation, but Republicans, his own colleagues came to him and said, this case is so strong that we can’t support you,” he said.
Fox News also reported Twitter billionaire Elon Musk charged that the DOJ is losing the trust of the American public.
“There does seem to be far higher interest in pursuing Trump compared to other people in politics,” he said. “Very important that the justice system rebut what appears to be differential enforcement or they will lose public trust.”
Trump announced the DOJ’s pending plan this week, and pointed out at the time that the same DOJ essentially has done nothing regarding vast numbers of classified government documents that Joe Biden had “strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette.”
It was Dershowitz who said the consequences of the politicization of the DOJ against Trump is “dangerous.”
“If this indictment is as weak as it appears to be, from what has been disclosed so far, it may be the most dangerous indictment in political history,” Dershowitz said. “As everybody knows, it’s the first time that a man who is the leading candidate against the incumbent president has been indicted by the incumbent administration in an effort to prevent him from running.”
He suggested the DOJ’s purpose here is not for the public good, but “to go after the leading candidate against the president.”
“It’s an extraordinarily dangerous indictment, potentially dangerous to the rule of law, dangerous to the neutral application of criminal justice, and dangerous to establishing a precedent that each side will weaponize the criminal justice system against their political opponents,” Dershowitz argued. “That’s not America.”
He pointed out he voted against Trump, and has that constitutional right. But he said that right shouldn’t be removed by prosecutors and judges.
“If this becomes a politically divided prosecution, where the Republicans are on one side, the Democrats are on the other, it moves the election out of the polling booth to the courthouse,” Dershowitz said. “And that’s not where elections ought to be held.”