Dershowitz Once Said Trump Would ‘Likely’ Continue to Embrace Corruption as President

Dershowitz Once Said Trump Would ‘Likely’ Continue to Embrace Corruption as President

Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team during the Senate impeachment trial, said in 2016 that Trump is corrupt and is “more likely” than Hillary Clinton to be corrupt while in office.

During an appearance on the Trending Today USA radio show in October, Dershowitz was asked about the Clinton Foundation.

“When you compare that to what Trump has done with Trump University, with so many other things, I think there’s no comparison between who has engaged in more corruption and who is more likely to continue that if elected President of the United States,” Dershowitz said, according to CNN. “So I think what we’re doing is we’re comparing, we’re saying, look: Neither candidate is anywhere close to perfect, let’s vote for the less bad candidate.”

A real estate seminar rather than an accredited institution of higher learning, Trump University was sued by former students who claimed they were defrauded. Trump agreed to a $25 million settlement after the 2016 election.

Dershowitz told CNN in an email that his remark was made while he was “campaigning for Clinton,” adding, “That’s what I believed at the time based on media reports. I didn’t know Trump. I knew Clinton.”

Also in 2016, NBC News reported Sunday, the retired law professor in a book called Trump a “destabilizing and unpredictable candidate” who “openly embraces fringe conspiracy theories peddled by extremists.”

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.