Another close ally of President Donald Trump is publicly slamming Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) for filing articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Appearing with Fox News personality Sandra Smith on "America's Newsroom" on Thursday, Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz slammed the move by the Freedom Caucus leaders.
"It is the most shortsighted -- and I have to say stupid -- thing I have heard in a long time," Dershowitz argued. "Here we have a present to the Democrats who are trying to impeach."
"If they gained the House of Representatives, they will almost certainly do so and the big issue will be, 'can you impeach a president -- or anyone else -- when you don't charge him with specific crimes, just because you disagree with what he has done' And now, you have the Republicans making the case for the Democrats who want to impeach the president by offering bills of impeachment and not charging crimes."
"I'm going to have to write a new book called The Case Against Impeaching Rod Rosenstein, because the same arguments apply," he continued, holding up a copy of his book The Case Against Impeaching Trump.
"This is so shortsighted," Dershowitz repeated.
"If you don't like the way Rod Rosenstein is responding to your subpoena, charge him with contempt of court, bring him to court, but do not use impeachment," he lectured. "That just helps the Democrats who are trying to impeach President Trump."
"It's a dumb, dumb decision," he added.
"To use impeachment is to empower the Democrats," Dershowitz argued. "It really will backfire."
"Well that seems to be the sentiment from Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat," Smith noted, reading a tweet from the California Democrat.
These articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to whic… https://t.co/cJfmr8XAql— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)1532565202.0
"It is a serious mistake, and it will backfire," Dershowitz said, repeating his prediction.
Fox News’ senior judicial analyst and former judge Andrew Napolitano called the impeachment move "embarrassing" and Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak has also said it will make it easier for Democrats to impeach President Trump.