Dershowitz: CNN banned me ‘because they want a one-sided presentation’

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Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Monday asserted on Fox News that he thought he had been banned from appearing on CNN “because they want a one-sided presentation” in analyzing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“I have been right from day one, and almost all the other pundits and professors have just been dead wrong,” Dershowitz told “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum.

{mosads}“CNN banned me from their air because I was being too fair. I was trying to assess what the essential issue was, and I wasn’t being partisan. They didn’t want that. They didn’t want that.”

“CNN wouldn’t have me on the air because they want a one-sided presentation, and everybody who watches CNN was shocked by the conclusions,” Dershowitz, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill, added. “No one who watches me was shocked.”

The Hill has reached out to CNN for comment.

Dershowitz used to regularly appear on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC to talk about the Mueller investigation, but has only appeared on Fox News for the past several months. On CNN, Dershowitz was often paired with CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to discuss the probe.

Dershowitz on Sunday took aim at CNN following the release of a summary of the Mueller report sent by Attorney General William Barr to the House and Senate Judiciary committees. In the letter, Barr stated, “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

Many pundits, including Dershowitz, called the report a win for the president.

“This is a good day for the president. It’s a very, very bad day for CNN,” Dershowitz said on Fox News. “They should be hanging their heads in shame.” 

“They misinformed the American public and they have to have some public accountability,” he added.

Dershowitz had argued throughout the investigation that it should “be conducted by a nonpartisan commission appointed by Congress — similar to the 9/11 commission,” while stating he didn’t “see any evidence of crimes.”

“The problem is Mueller is straying away from his mandate to find crime, and he is now looking for political sin,” Dershowitz said of the probe last November. “Building buildings in Moscow, using stolen material from [Julian] Assange — these are not crimes. He has no authority to be a roving commissioner to find political sins.

“So far, I don’t see any evidence of crimes, except for ones that he helped to facilitate by getting people to lie in front of his own investigators.”

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