On Tuesday, former Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz expressed his view that the indictment against former President Donald Trump failed to specify any crime committed by him. During an appearance on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show, Dershowitz commented that the crimes mentioned in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s press conference appeared to relate solely to Stormy Daniels and other personal payments, which he argued did not amount to criminal activity.
Meanwhile, Bragg held a press conference on Tuesday in which he explained his reasons for pursuing a criminal indictment against Trump. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 charges of falsifying business records and conspiracy in relation to alleged hush money payments made to two women. As the first former president to face criminal charges, Trump was to be released on his own recognizance by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Juan Merchan.
Dershowitz also questioned the absence of a clear victim in the case and criticized Bragg’s decision to pursue a “victimless crime” with such intensity. He highlighted Bragg’s previous record of reducing the seriousness of crimes and argued that he was now taking the opposite approach in the case against Trump. “He’s reducing victim crimes repeatedly, from felonies to misdemeanors, and now he’s trying to raise a victimless crime from a non-misdemeanor to a misdemeanor and then to a felony,” Dershowitz told the program.