Dershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution'

Lawyer Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzHow this impeachment will play out Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Dershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution' MORE told John Catsimatidis in a new interview that the potential criminal charges faced by former FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir Judge tells DOJ to charge McCabe or drop investigation 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 ClintonJill Stein: 'I am not a Russian spy' Trump criticizes Clinton for suggesting Jill Stein was Russian asset Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' MORE. I didn’t like it when they went after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview 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.