Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz slammed Republican efforts to impeach deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, insisting that the plan could backfire in the future.
Dershowitz explained during a Fox News interview on Thursday that by failing to accuse Rosenstein of a crime in their impeachment documents, Republicans are opening the door to impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“It is the most shortsighted, and I have to say, stupid thing that I’ve heard in a long time. Here you have a president who the Democrats are trying to impeach,” Dershowitz argued. “And now, you have the Republicans making the case for the Democrats who want to impeach the president by offering bills of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein that don’t charge crimes.”
“Impeachment is supposed to be there for serious crimes. Treason, bribery, other high crimes and misdemeanors. If you don’t like the way Rod Rosenstein is responding to your subpoena, charge him with contempt of court,” he continued. “Bring him to court, but do not use impeachment. That just helps the Democrats who are trying to impeach President Trump.”
“[Democrats] are going to say, ‘look, the Republicans agree.’ It really will backfire,” he concluded.