Former Harvard Law Professor and attorney to President Trump during the first impeachment trial, Alan Dershowitz condemned the FBI’s recent raid on the Manhattan home of Trump attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as an example of America acting like a “banana republic.” The New York Post reports that the intention of the raid was to investigate “whether Giuliani illegally lobbied for Trump on behalf of officials and oligarchs in Ukraine.”
During his impassioned interview on “The Cats Roundtable,” a New York radio show on 970 AM hosted by John Catsimatidis, Dershowitz commented that he will be representing Giuliani in this case. Comparing the actions of the FBI to that of Cuba under the Castro Regime in their coordinated effort to go after President Trump’s allies after the election is a talking point.
“In Castro’s Cuba, in many parts of the world, when a candidate loses for president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends. That didn’t happen in America, and that’s happening in America now.”
Dershowitz outlined that the FBI’s use of a search warrant rather than a subpoena to gather privileged information from Giuliani and his associate, and fellow lawyer, Victoria Toensing, was done in “inappropriate ways.”
“They’re going after them in inappropriate ways. A search warrant on a lawyer, or a doctor or a priest? You don’t use search warrants when people have privileged information on their cellphones and in their computers; you use a subpoena.”
Alan Dershowitz slams FBI raid on Rudy Giuliani as 'unconstitutional'
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) May 3, 2021
Dershowitz emphasized that with a search warrant, “they are taking everything from his cloud, from his computers including privileged information. It’s just not constitutional. And that’s why, when Rudy called me yesterday, I said sure, I’ll help out. I’m in favour of the Constitution.”
Dershowitz noted his optimism for Giuliani’s potential court challenges in response to the use of the search warrant: “I think the government made a serious mistake here when they went by search warrant. They gave Rudy Giuliani lots of legal arguments to make, arguments that I think he could prevail on.”
Dershowitz stressed, however, that this situation should be taken as a warning for the future. “If Rudy’s privacy is not protected, if his client’s privacy is not protected… we’re all next”. In closing, he reiterated that all citizens, no matter their political alignment or beliefs, “should be protesting the overreach of the government when they use search warrants like this, broadly, in order to get information that may very well be privileged.”