Harvard Law professor emeritus and civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz stated unequivocally that there is sufficient evidence for House Republicans to initiate an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden for bribery.
In an interview, Dershowitz addressed the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who accused Trump of mishandling sensitive documents.
During the interview, the host questioned the indictment’s timing, which coincided with the FBI’s submission of a document to Congress alleging Vice President Biden’s involvement in a $5 million bribery scheme related to Ukrainian business interests.
Biden’s bribery allegations and impeachment probe
These allegations surfaced alongside revelations of indirect payments made by a Chinese company to members of the Biden family.
Asked if House Republicans, armed with the evidence they have seen thus far, could investigate Joe Biden for bribery, which is explicitly listed as an impeachable offense in the Constitution.
Dershowitz: Ample grounds to investigate Biden
Dershowitz responded affirmatively, stating, “Of course. And there is enough to investigate.”
“There’s a big gulf between ‘enough to investigate’ and enough to establish probable cause, enough to indict — we’re not even close to the latter, but enough to investigate? Of course.”
Dershowitz predicts a retaliation by Republicans
Dershowitz highlighted the significance of the FBI’s statement from a reliable informant, which, if deemed credible, provides ample grounds for investigation.
He further noted that when Democrats controlled the House, they extensively investigated Donald Trump.
Dershowitz emphasized the likelihood of a reciprocal response from Republicans, “There’ll be tit-for-tat when the Republicans get control of the House; they’ll do the same thing.”
Dershowitz expresses preference for mutual disarmament
Dershowitz underscored the impracticality of unilateral disarmament by expressing his preference for mutu
He pointed out that if one side weaponizes impeachment and the criminal justice system, it should expect the other side to do the same.
Dershowitz also remarked on the seriousness of Trump’s indictment but argued that it falls short of the standards set by previous cases.
DOJ’s double standards get highlighted by Dershowitz
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Sunday, he stated, “Even with the recorded statements (by Trump), this case isn’t nearly as strong as the one that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.”
Dershowitz contended that Nixon was likely guilty of destroying evidence, bribing witnesses, and obstructing justice, whereas the charges against Trump are matters of degree.
Furthermore, Dershowitz highlighted the Department of Justice’s decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton, despite evidence of her destruction of classified information, establishing a contrasting standard.
Sufficient evidence for Republicans to initiate impeachment inquiry
Although Dershowitz represented Trump in his second impeachment trial, he voted twice against the former president’s acquittal.
Dershowitz’s remarks indicate his belief that there is sufficient evidence for House Republicans to initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Biden for bribery.
He argues that the FBI’s statement and the Democrats’ past investigations into Trump justify a thorough investigation.
Indictment against Trump ‘falls short’ of Nixon, Clinton’s cases
Dershowitz also compares the indictment against Trump to previous cases, suggesting that it falls short of the standards of Nixon’s resignation and the lack of an inquiry into Clinton.
Despite representing Trump during his impeachment trial, Dershowitz voted against his acquittal.