Alan Dershowitz and Richard Painter Get in Tense Clash: Mueller May Be a Good American But ‘You’re Not’


An MSNBC debate between Alan Dershowitz and Senate candidate Richard Painter got tense and personal as they clashed over Robert Mueller.

Painter praised Mueller as a “highly professional prosecutor” with a great record and said it’s a “tragedy” that the country now has to endure all of this.

Dershowitz said the White House’s behavior may be a “tragedy” too, but so is Mueller’s office, and he described the special counsel as someone with a “mixed reputation” in Boston from before he headed the FBI.

Painter immediately shot back, “That’s a lie, do not assault his reputation… He’s a good man.”

Dershowitz fired back by calling out Painter and saying, “Let me talk about your reputation. Painter is trying to… parlay his anti-Trump zealotry into a run for the Senate. He has lied repeatedly about me and other people who are Trump supporters.”

Painter said he’s never lied about Dershowitz and again called him out for lying about Mueller and “assaulting” his reputation.”

At one point he called Mueller a good American, to which Dershowitz responded, “He may be, but you’re not, sir. You’re a liar and you’ve lied repeatedly about my background, about my expertise. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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