Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that the Democrats pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump continue to “search for a crime” to attribute to him.
The Dershowitz said on Sunday, Dec. 8, that nothing that President Trump said during his July 25 telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, could fall in the category of bribery.
“[I]t can’t operate when you’re the president of the United States and you’re conditioning or withholding money in order to make sure that a country isn’t corrupt and you’re asking them to investigate [something],” Dershowitz said on the Fox News program “Life, Liberty & Levin.”
“That just doesn’t fit any definition of bribery—common law definition of bribery, statutory definition of bribery—however you define the constitutional word ‘bribery.’ It just doesn’t fit,” he added.
First abuse of power and now bribery
Dershowitz also pointed out that Democrats cling to bribery because the previous accusation failed, “First, they came up with abuse of power—not a crime—it’s not in the Constitution. So now they’re saying ‘bribery,’ but they’re making it up,” he continued.
“There is no case for bribery based on, even if all the allegations against the president were to be proved, which they haven’t been,” he explained.
He recalled the mantra of a top official of the communist leader Stalin—one of the greatest criminals in contemporary—to dismiss any presumption of innocence against the accused.
“What they’re trying to do is what the KGB under Lavrentiy Beria said to Stalin, the dictator—I’m not comparing our country to the Soviet Union—I just want to make sure it never becomes anything like that,” he said.
Beria, the head of the Soviet police and secret service whose administration is associated with the harsh Stalinist repression plagued with arrests and mass executions, said to the dictator’s concerns: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”
“And that’s what some Democrats are doing,” Dershowitz said. “They have Trump in their sights. They want to figure out a way of impeaching him and they’re searching for a crime,” he said, pointing out that impeaching a democratically elected president is a “complete violation” of the Founding Fathers’ intentions.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has said there could be a House vote to pass the articles of impeachment against President Trump this week.
If passed, the impeachment would then go to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it would be re-examined for final approval or rejection.