On Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Friday, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the indictment of former Trump adviser Roger Stone is a “typical Mueller indictment,” full of “stories” of Russian collusion, but with actual charges being the result of the investigation.
Stone was arrested during an early morning FBI raid at his house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and indicted on charges of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“This is typical of Mueller. He has found almost no crimes that occurred before he was appointed special counsel,” Dershowitz explained, adding that Mueller was appointed to find Russian collusion and has “virtually failed in that respect in every regard.”
“Almost all of his crimes that he’s indicted people for are crimes that resulted from his investigation — false statements, tampering with witnesses, obstruction of justice,” Dershowitz pointed out. “These are crimes that are generated by the investigation,” which, he noted, “doesn’t make them any less criminal.”
“But it really means that there’s been a failure to uncover the basic crimes for which he was appointed. Namely, before he was appointed, was there illegal collusion, illegal conspiracy with Russia?” Dersh asked.
“We don’t find that,” the professor declared. “In this indictment, he tells stories about alleged collusion, stories about WikiLeaks, but that’s not the basis for the indictment. The basis for the indictment are all events that occurred after he was appointed. That’s very significant.”
Dershowitz said the president should be nervous because although he is not implicated in the indictment, the point of the indictment appears to be to squeeze Stone into testifying against him because the real target is Trump.