(USA Features) Famed attorney and constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz announced Friday he is taking on Rudy Giuliani after the FBI raided his Manhattan apartment in connection with a Justice Department investigation into possible lobbying violations.
In announcing that he would be representing Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s once-personal attorney, Dershowitz also had critical words for the Biden Justice Department, in which he compared the search warrant and the probe to those inherent in a “banana republic.”
“In banana republics, 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,” Dershowitz said on Sunday in an interview with “The Cats Roundtable” radio show, hosted by John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM.
“That didn’t happen in America. That’s happening in America now. They’re going after Rudy Giuliani … Who knows who’s going to be next?” Dershowitz added.
Reports said that the Justice Department is investigating whether Giuliani illegally lobbied Trump on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs during the former president’s term without first registering as a foreign agent, as required by law.
Giuliani has insisted that he never lobbied Trump on behalf of anyone and thus never needed to register as a foreign lobbyist.
“You don’t use search warrants when people have privileged information on their cell phones and in their computers. You use a subpoena. The difference between a subpoena and a search warrant is like night and day,” Dershowitz said in criticizing the DoJ’s approach.
“It’s just not constitutional. That’s why when Rudy called me… I said sure, I’ll help out. I’m in favor of the Constitution,” said Dershowitz, who is admittedly politically liberal.
“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 can prevail on. And it’s not just Rudy, its everybody,” he added.
“If Rudy’s privacy is not protected, if his clients’ privacy is not protected, we’re all next,” Dershowitz continued. “Apparently, they went after the [iCloud] and other material and information without telling him. That’s just not the way the government is supposed to treat its citizens.”
The former Harvard law professor did say that “when Rudy Giuliani was the U.S. attorney, he sometimes went after people with search warrants. And I was critical of him back then. He was wrong then. He’s right now. He’s learned from experience. He’s on the right side now… He’s on the side of the Constitution. And I’m on his side. …”
“Today, they’re going after people that maybe you don’t like. Tomorrow, they’ll be going after you and your friends. The one lesson we’ve learned from history is you can’t have freedom of speech for me but not for thee. You can’t have due process for me but not for thee,” he noted.