Dershowitz Calls Report A ‘Cop-Out’ On Obstruction: ‘Sounds Like A Law School Exam’

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March 25, 2019 9:32 a.m.
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Trump fan and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz spewed some unexpected criticism of Robert Mueller’s report on Sunday evening, suggesting he made a “cop-out” decision by allowing Attorney General Bill Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

“I thought it was a cop-out for him to say there was not enough evidence to indict … and we’re going to put out a report, on obstruction, we’re going to put a report out that says ‘on the one hand, on the other hand,’ it sounds like a law school exam,” he told Fox News on Sunday. “That’s not the job of the prosecutor. The job of the prosecutor is to decide, yes or no. Make a decision. And then if you say yes, you indict. If you say no, you shut up.”

“But I think it did an abysmal job on the issue of obstruction of justice,” he continued, drawing parallels between the Mueller report and former FBI Director James Comey’s assessment on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. “We, the American public, are entitled to a yes or no decision, not some law school essay on what arguments there are on both sides of this issue. That was a serious mistake.”

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