Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz likened the pursuit of Donald Trump allies to McCarthyism and imprisoning 110,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry.
His remarks were made to Fox News host Tucker Carlson as he explained his representation of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. The famous lawyer called government tactics against his client “scary.”
“First of all, if they had done it to a Democrat, we would have every liberal Democrat, the ACLU, complaining bitterly,” Dershowitz declared. “First they tracked him down. How would they know he was going to a Hardees’? Obviously they had to have some GPS or some tracking mechanism. We want to know whether they had a warrant for doing that.”
Of course, they could have just followed Lindell in their cars until they were ready to pounce.
FBI agents earlier this month seized the pillow manufacturer’s mobile phone after boxing him in at a Hardee’s drive-through lane. The stated reason from the seizure was to determine if Lindell acted contrary to federal election statutes. He is under investigation for an alleged breach of Colorado election equipment.
Lindell subsequently filed a legal action demanding the return of the phone he uses to run his businesses, according to a Daily Caller report. He claimed he has no personal computer.
“Then if they had a warrant, they stopped him, they should have just asked him for the phone, subpoena the phone,” Dershowitz continued. “They had a subpoena at the same time, but it didn’t include his phone.”
“See, if they had a subpoena, then it could have been challenged, but if they take the phone, then they get everything. They get lawyer client privilege material. They get business material. They get First Amendment protected material. They know who’s working along with Mike Lindell to try to do whatever he’s doing, which I disagree with about undoing the election.”
Dershowitz explained he did not agree with his client but believes he is entitled to a vigorous defense, like any other client.
“I’m not representing Lindell because I agree with him at all,” he told Carlson. “I’m representing Lindell in the same way that I would represent a liberal Democrat.”
The lawyer said his adherence to professional standards that provide that all accused are entitled to competent defense does not sit well with his liberal friends and colleagues.
“They say Trump is different,” remarked Dershowitz, “you can’t apply the Constitution to him.”
“They said that when they detained 110,000 Japanese Americans: ‘This is different.'”
“This was said during McCarthyism: ‘This is different.’
“They said it during the Vietnam war: ‘This is different.'”
“Now they’re saying it with Trump,” continued Dershowitz. “It’s not different. If you deny constitutional rights to anyone, the precedent lies around like a loaded gun, waiting to be picked up by an autocrat. Waiting to be used on you and your family.”
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