Dershowitz to Hannity: A special counsel can 'manufacture crimes against anybody'

Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday argued that a special counsel "can find evidence to create or manufacture crimes against anybody" in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The conversation was prompted by an ABC promotional video that indicates that former FBI Director James Comey characterized President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE as a "mob boss" during his interview with George Stephanopoulos that is slated to air Sunday night.

"I really want your take on an FBI director who compares a sitting president to a mob boss," Hannity said as he welcomed Dershowitz back on his program.


"It really proves the point of my book 'Trumped up,' " the Harvard Law professor responded. "You can find evidence to create or manufacture crimes against anybody if you’re determined to do it."

"That’s what’s wrong with the special counsel," he continued. "They come in with targets painted on people’s back. People like Comey and people like [special counsel Robert] Mueller are going to find crimes. Whether they have to go and try to find a technical violation, banking laws upon on which they can hook pornography stars or things of that kind ... it proves again if you are determined to find crimes against everybody, you can do it."

"That’s why we have to restrict and limit the application the criminal law to clear, unequivocal crimes and don’t use it against political enemies unless the evidence is just overwhelming," Dershowitz, who is also an opinion contributor for The Hill, said.

ABC released a teaser video Wednesday showing Stephanopoulos asking Comey numerous questions while cutting away from Comey's answers.

“How strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss?” Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton White House communications director, asks Comey in the preview.

Stephanopoulos also asks if Comey thinks Trump obstructed justice and if he believes he should be impeached.

Comey's answers on any of the questions are not provided in the promo.

The interview will air on a special edition of ABC's "20/20" on Sunday night, marking the first television interview Comey has done since being fired last May.

Comey is also scheduled to sit down for an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on April 19 and to participate in a CNN town hall event on April 25.

Comey will also appear with MSNBC’s Rachel April 19, Fox News's Bret Baier on April 26 and PBS's Judy Woodruff on April 30

The media blitz coincides with the release of Comey's book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth Lies & Leadership,” on Tuesday.