Alan Dershowitz and Dan Abrams Clash Over Russia Probe: ‘They’re All Longterm Republicans Who Hated Trump!’


Alan Dershowitz and Dan Abrams clashed over the Russia investigation on ABC News Sunday, in a marathon debate over the merits of the special counsel’s probe.

This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos first asked the pair about President Donald Trump‘s latest tweets railing against the investigation as a witch hunt.

Dershowitz, an ardent critic of the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, argued that a nonpartisan independent commission should have been appointed to investigate the 2016 election, not a special counsel.

After the Harvard Law professor claimed that FBI agents tried “desperately to turn the investigation against Trump,” Abrams, ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder, fired back that “we don’t have any evidence that FBI agents were trying to turn the investigation against Trump.”

Dershowitz pointed to FBI agent Peter Strzok‘s anti-Trump texts, and Abrams contended that Strzok had texts about Hillary Clinton as well.

The two went on to battle about recent reports that the FBI used an informant to speak with members of the Trump campaign in 2016, before turning to the political leanings of the special counsel’s team.

After Dershowitz dismissed arguments that Robert Mueller and his investigators are Republicans, claiming “they’re all longterm Republicans who hated Trump,” Abrams fired back: “Do you know that Mueller hated Trump?”

“You won’t have any doubt about that at the end of this,” Dershowitz replied.

“Because maybe he’ll find evidence!” Abrams said.

Later in the interview, Stephanopoulos brought up a New York Times report that Donald Trump Jr. met with emissaries of Gulf nations offering help to win the 2016 election. Abrams and Dershowitz went on to spar over what actions the Trump campaign made that could be considered a crime.

Watch above, via ABC News.

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