by WorldTribune Staff, April 10, 2018
The “deafening silence” from civil libertarians following the FBI’s raid on the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer is “appalling,” said Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.
“If this were Hillary Clinton being investigated and they went into her lawyer’s office, the ACLU would be on every television station in America, jumping up and down,” Dershowitz said on April 9.
“This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations,” he added.
Dershowitz said special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest move gives the FBI the option of deciding what information seized from Michael Cohen to pursue.
“I tell [clients] on my word of honor that what you tell me is sacrosanct,” he said.
“And now they say, just based on probable cause … they can burst into the office, grab all the computers, and then give it to another FBI agent and say, ‘You’re the firewall. We want you now to read all these confidential communications, tell us which ones we can get and which ones we can’t get.’ ”
Dershowitz, who said he believes Mueller has “lost perspective” in the case, recommended that Trump make a motion in court to take Cohen’s materials away from the FBI and make a judge decide what evidence can be used and which cannot.