CNN’s Toobin Slams Dershowitz After He Insists It’s ‘Terribly Unfair’ Manafort is in Jail: ‘You Can’t Make Up The Facts’
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz weighed in on the recent jailing of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for alleged witness tampering.
Dershowitz began by responding to Rudy Giuliani‘s stunning remarks about how President Trump may “clean up” the Mueller probe with presidential pardons, which he thought he had the “perfect right” to say as Trump’s lawyer.
However, it was his thoughts about Manafort sitting in jail that had Dershowitz bothered.
“It is terribly unfair for Manafort to join thousands of other people, many of them minority people, many of them poor who are sitting in jail with the presumption of innocence,” Dershowitz told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. “We don’t know whether he tampered witnesses. All we know is he’s been indicted for that. You can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. This so undercuts the presumption of innocence when we put people in jail, poor or rich, without a trial, without a hearing based on a judge’s conclusion and a prosecutor’s assertion that they may have violated the bail. I agree with Rudy Giuliani that you don’t put people in jail when they talk to witnesses. You put people in jail when they threaten to kill witnesses.”
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin pushed back, insisting Dershowitz can’t “make up the facts” that the that grand jury was the one that indicted Manafort with witness tampering and not purely a decision from the judge. But Dershowitz doubled down, calling the indictment as the basis of jailing Manafort a “meaningless” tool.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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