MSNBC’s Ari Melber got into it with Alan Dershowitz after the latter made controversial comments about the location of the grand jury investigating the Trump campaign and Russia.
Dershowitz recently said, of evaluating the case in D.C., “The District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration.”
Dershowitz maintained to Melber that “demography matters,” and when Melber pressed him on it, Dershowitz accused him of “deliberately distorting” his point.
Melber asked, “If the ultimate jury for a potential indictment has not been selected yet, and the grand jury is secret, and nobody knows the race of either of those potential groups, how is race relevant?”
Dershowitz said the jury pool in D.C. would be very different than in Virginia, saying, “I am not making a controversial point. You’re trying to make it controversial.”
Melber responded, “You have no idea why I’m trying to ask you a question or not. You’re sidetracking by suggesting my question is in pursuit of controversy.”
They continued going back and forth and Dershowitz told Melber again he’s “not succeeding” in making his comments into something they’re not. Melber said, “I appreciate that you think you’re clairvoyant about what I’m trying to do.”
He closed with this question:
“Have you provided any formal counsel to Donald Trump or his aides or accepted any money or would you consider providing counsel to them?”
Dershowitz immediately went off, calling it an “insulting question” and saying he was a Clinton supporter in the election. He argued that he’d be saying the same with people crying to lock Hillary Clinton up if she won the election.
“Please don’t try to insult my integrity,” he added.
Melber followed up on Twitter by taking note of how he answered the question (or, rather, didn’t):
True, Mr. Dershowitz declined to directly answer the entire question about his past advice or potentially taking the case. https://t.co/1DT3PGRRzq
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) August 7, 2017
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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