Alan Dershowitz: Americans Are ‘Victims’ in Gorsuch Fight – Newsmax

Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Tuesday “the victims are the American people” as Democrats move to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“He’s not the guy I would’ve picked for the Supreme Court, but he’s qualified,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told “Newsmax Prime” host Miranda Khan.

“There should’ve been an Obama seat to fill but in the end, the Democrats don’t help the American people by filibustering and then getting the Republicans to invoke the nuclear option.

“If they’re going to do it, they ought to save it for the next seat,” Dershowitz added.

“Who knows? The next seat may occur in the last year of the Trump presidency and then they’ll have a strong argument to make based on what the Republicans did” regarding former Obama nominee Merrick Garland.

“Right now, they’re wasting a very important bullet on a Supreme Court nominee and I think it will backfire.

“I’m embarrassed for the Democrats,” he said.

“They’re handling the Trump administration so poorly. The victims are the American people.”

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Regarding former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s denial of leaking identities of Trump officials in surveillance reports, Dershowitz said she did contradict her previous statements on the issue, but she “probably” did nothing illegal.

“The line between politics and national security is often blurred,” he told Khan. “People in the White House think their own political futures are essential to the national security of the country.

“They always think that electing their opponents will destroy the national security of the country.

“So, there’s nothing criminal here but just be very skeptical when anybody says, ‘Yeah, we got the information, but we didn’t use it for political purposes.’

“That’s just not credible.”

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