Lawyer Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzHow to mess with Texas' anti-abortion bounty? Apply it to gun sales Those calls to impeach Biden: As wrong as they were with Trump Larry David, Alan Dershowitz get into verbal altercation at grocery store MORE told John Catsimatidis in a new interview that the potential criminal charges faced by former FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe says Nassar case represents 'worst dereliction of duty' he's seen at FBI Capitol Police warning of potential for violence during rally backing rioters: report McCabe says law enforcement should take upcoming right-wing rally 'very seriously' MORE are a result of the "criminalization" of political differences in America.
In an interview with New York radio station AM 970's "The Answer," The Hill contributor lashed out at news reports this week indicating that he could face charges from the U.S. attorney's office for Washington D.C. for allegedly lying to investigators.
Asked whether McCabe would face charges, Dershowitz responded: "I hope not. I don’t like the criminalization of political differences. What McCabe did is very questionable. But did he cross the line into criminality? I just haven’t seen the case made for that."
"I would like to see us pull back on using the criminal law against political figures who one disagrees with. I didn’t like it when they went after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE. I didn’t like it when they went after President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE," Dershowitz added.
"I didn’t like it when they went after the people in the FBI. I think we overuse the criminal law. And we have weaponized it as part of our political system. And that poses serious questions for the rule of law and democracy," he said.
Dershowitz's remarks follow a report this week based on a source close to McCabe's legal team that indicated the former FBI chief will soon face charges related to lying to investigators about his contacts with members of the news media. A Justice Department internal review previously found that McCabe "lacked candor" with investigators.
McCabe, who was fired from the FBI last year, has argued that his ouster was a "politically motivated" move by the Trump administration.