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

Lawyer Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE told John Catsimatidis in a new interview that the potential criminal charges faced by former FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe accuses Trump officials of withholding evidence in lawsuit over firing McCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us 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 Clinton Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE. I didn’t like it when they went after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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.