On Sunday, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz shot back at Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on “Fox and Friends” after she called him “absolutely racist.”
Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled grand juries in Virginia and Washington for the FBI investigation into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials. In response, Dershowitz commented that Mueller “stacked the deck” by enrolling a jury in Washington because there is a general opposing sentiment against Trump there. As a result, if a petty jury is ever assembled, it will be difficult for Trump’s lawyers to find favorable jurors.
Dershowitz, a Democratic lawyer, added that since Virginia is not as liberal as Washington, Trump’s attorneys will find that selecting a jury to be much easier there.
In response, Waters exclaimed that Dershowitz’s logic is “absolutely racist.”
“Well, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Dershowitz replied on “Fox and Friends.” “First of all, I wasn’t talking about the grand jury. I was talking about the petty jury. Grand jury doesn’t matter. A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich if the prosecutor wants them to — so it doesn’t matter where the grand jury is.”
Dershowitz clarified that the location of a grand jury is irrelevant when issuing an indictment.
“Maxine Waters should know better,” Dershowitz commented. “She knows that every experienced lawyer — white, black, Asian, Latino — knows that when you’re selecting a jury, factors like ethnicity, race and political affiliation matter.”
“If I had said that race didn’t matter, she would have called me a racist,” he continued.
“She throws around the term so loosely and so inappropriately and it weakens her credibility,” he contended.
Dershowitz further criticized Waters, adding that she should be “ashamed of herself” for calling people “racist” without any substance.
“Being black doesn’t give you a license to call people racist,” he exclaimed. “She ought to understand that every criminal defense lawyer knows that race matters, ethnicity matters, political affiliation matters.”
First reported by The Blaze.