Harvard Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz has some words of caution for those on the left who hope that Robert Mueller’s laundry list of questionable charges against Paul Manafort will pressure him to implicate President Trump in something criminal. Dershowitz says he’s been fighting for decades against the power of prosecutors to threaten people with prison to get them to implicate others. He says it can lead to defendants making up testimony, and if anyone else were doing it, it would be called “extortion.” And he had an ominous warning for Democrats who want to brand things Republicans do as “criminal” just because they disagree with them: if prosecutors are allowed to broaden criminal statutes like that, they may be going after Trump now, but they could go after Hillary Clinton next.
Of course, that opens the question of just how broad a statute has to be before someone in Washington actually holds Hillary accountable for violating it. I’m visualizing the Grand Canyon.