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Dershowitz: Trump Associates Should Consider ‘Bringing a Lawsuit’ Against Congressional Committee

The legal scholar thinks that Congress might be overstepping its oversight function.



Harvard professor emeritus and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz joined Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night to discuss the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoenas of 81 associates of President Donald J. Trump.

“So, if I were one of the people who got a letter or a subpoena, I would at least think about the possibility of bringing a lawsuit and suggesting that Congress is abusing its oversight function,” Dershowitz said.

The former professor said that the Committee, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), might be going “too far” in its role overseeing the judicial branch.

“Congress has a legitimate oversight function to perform but it has to make sure it doesn’t go too far. It can’t use that oversight function, which is really designed to help get legislation, in order to really prevent a president from finishing out his terms and acting. They’re interfering with the executive branch if they do so,” he said.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.) has vowed to continue to dig into Trump’s finances until he finds some kind of wrongdoing. It is an unprecedented investigation – not into crimes, but into a person – which is antithetical to the United States Justice System. Dershowitz seems to agree that these investigations are certainly outside the purview of Congress.

“A balance has to be struck between the legitimate function of Congress to investigate,” Dershowitz said. “The framers didn’t intend for Congress to become another prosecutorial branch, yet another investigative branch, they’re supposed to pass laws. So it seems to me these investigations look like they’re going too far.”

Trump, for his part, blasted the lawmakers on Twitter.

“Now that they realize the only Collusion with Russia was done by Crooked Hillary Clinton & the Democrats, Nadler, Schiff and the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY. 81 letter sent to innocent people to harass them. They won’t get ANYTHING done for our Country!” he said.

For now, the war drum continues to beat as the Democrat-controlled Congress goes to battle with Trump.

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