Alan Dershowitz, a celebrated Harvard legal scholar and civil libertarian, revealed to Sky News Australia that Mr. Trump has been texting him. Mr. Dershowitz, who has defended Trump throughout the indictment process and previously through his impeachment processes, said speaking of the indictment of the former President that “[h]e is defiant and he should be defiant. This is a scandalous misuse of the criminal justice system.”
Dershowitz stated in that interview that “He [Trump] wrote me a text this morning: ‘Alan getting ready to leave for New York, can’t really believe it, these maniacs want to destroy our country, so sad, nothing on Hunter or Biden and their crimes are so bad’.” Mr. Dershowitz emphasized that he stood with Trump even though he is “a person who votes against him – it will create a terrible precedent in which other prosecutors will go after people of the opposing party.”
Dershowitz railed against the prosecutor, Alvin Bragg, for conducting a purely political prosecution. He recalled that “this is a prosecutor who ran on the platform of getting Trump, essentially to help defeat Trump when he runs against the head of the Democratic Party. This is an extreme example of the politicisation of the criminal justice system and it’s very, very dangerous for America.”
Mr. Dershowitz recently wrote and published a timely book titled Get Trump: The Threat to Civil Liberties, Due Process, and Our Constitutional Rule of Law which has described how the legal system has been weaponized against the Republican presidential candidate from re-taking the presidency and how this bodes ill for core civil liberties for Americans. The lawyer revealed that Trump was “very happy” about the book “[b]ecause it’s become an Amazon best seller and people are reading it all over the country and that’s sending a message to Bragg that somebody is looking over his shoulder.”
The world has already begun to react to the unprecedented criminal indictment of a former American president on weak charges. Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, tweeted that “Think what you want about former President Trump and the reasons he’s being indicted. But just imagine if this happened in any other country, where a government arrested the main opposition candidate. The United States ability to use “democracy” as foreign policy is gone.”
Think what you want about former President Trump and the reasons he’s being indicted.
But just imagine if this happened in any other country, where a government arrested the main opposition candidate.
The United States ability to use “democracy” as foreign policy is gone. https://t.co/svdFxtaf4q
— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) April 4, 2023
While the world may see the unjust persecution for what it is and its damaging consequences for the American self image of a democratic rule of law oriented shining City on a Hill, President Biden seems to be blind to this. As covered by the DC Enquirer, when the President was asked if prosecution of Trump is “politically divisive”, he laughed. He is also on record before that saying “We have to demonstrate that he will not take power if he does run by making sure he, under the legitimate efforts of the Constitution, does not become the next president again.”
It sadly seems to be, in Alan Dershowitz’s words, “banana republic time” for the United States where political opponents are unjustly threatened with jail on politically contrived charges that have little legal merit.