In a recent interview on FBN’s “Kudlow,” renowned Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz expressed his criticism of the four-count indictment against former President Donald Trump concerning the Capitol Hill riot in 2021. Dershowitz accused the Biden administration of displaying fear towards the democratic process and likened the indictment to actions typically seen in a “banana republic.”
Protecting the Right to Vote Against Political Opponents
Dershowitz emphasized the significance of preserving the right to vote against political opponents without the fear of prosecution, stating that it goes against the core principles of the American way. He further asserted, “I have a constitutional right to vote against Donald Trump for the third time. I have voted against him twice, and I plan to vote against him again. However, I want to ensure that my right to vote against him is not infringed upon by prosecutors or the president who wishes to see him imprisoned. Such actions are simply not in line with the values of America.”
Concerns Regarding the Fairness of the Trial Venue
Dershowitz also raised concerns about the trial taking place in the Washington, D.C. circuit with U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan as the presiding judge. He voiced apprehension about the location, perceiving it to be heavily biased against Trump, and suggested relocating the trial to a different venue with a more impartial judge. “We have not yet reached that point, but this is a step towards it,” he remarked.
Critiques of the Indictment’s Flaws
Dershowitz labeled the indictment as deeply flawed and highlighted the government’s responsibility to prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether Trump genuinely believed he had lost the election. He questioned the strength of the government’s case and encouraged them to consider conducting a fair trial outside of the District of Columbia. “We need to ensure a fair trial, and that requires a neutral venue,” he asserted.