Alan Dershowitz on Thursday claimed he hasn't been booked to appear on CNN "since the summer" because he's seen as pro-Trump, a perception the Harvard Law professor insists "is misunderstood."
"More and more I’m getting called on only by people who misunderstand and think I’m pro-Trump. I’m not pro-Trump, but it’s been harder for me to get on anti-Trump networks — not that I’m craving to be on television all the time," Dershowitz, who frequently appears on Fox News, told C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."
"I have a good life, but it has had an impact on which channels seek my services more often, and that’s changed," he said. "I used to be, for example, on CNN more often than on Fox. I was a regular, not paid, but just a person who was on all the time debating with [CNN legal analyst Jeffrey] Toobin, debating with others.
"I haven’t been on CNN, now, since the summer, and Fox calls me all the time," he added. "I’d love to be available to people who watch all channels and I try to write op-eds widely for different newspapers and different media."
Dershowitz's last CNN appearance was on Sept. 14, when he debated Toobin.
In March, Toobin had accused Dershowitz of "carrying water" for Trump.
Dershowitz in his appearances on Fox and in op-eds has frequently criticized special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's probe while offering a defense of Trump.
In an August appearance on "Fox & Friends," Dershowitz argued that every campaign violates campaign finance laws while speaking about allegations that a payment former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels violated campaign finance laws. Cohen later pled guilty to charges related to the payment.
"You can't impeach on the basis of minor derelictions or even crimes," Dershowitz said at the time. "You need a high crime and misdemeanor, and you know every campaign has violated some technical election law."
Dershowitz in July released the book, "The Case Against Impeaching Trump," which landed on The New York Times best-seller list.
The high-profile lawyer was featured in a story in The New York Times that month that focused on how people on Martha's Vineyard were shunning him over perceptions that he had become a Trump defender.
In the story, Dershowitz, who backed Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE in the 2016 election, said he was enjoying the criticism.
“It’s a red badge of courage," he said.
Dershowitz told C-SPAN that if Clinton had won the election and he'd written a book on the case against impeaching her, "they’d have built a statue to me on Martha’s Vineyard, but instead, my friends on Martha’s Vineyard need trigger warnings."
"There are many reasons I wish Hillary Clinton had been elected president, one of which is, I would’ve kept many more friends if I had written the book, 'The Case Against Impeaching Hillary Clinton,' but I want to emphasize, it would’ve been essentially the same book," he said.