After disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn walked back his comments defending his lying to FBI investigators and threw himself at the mercy of the court for sentencing, Twitter users piled on legal scholar Alan Dershowitz who insisted that lying to federal investigators isn’t a crime.
Dershowitz, who has fashioned himself into an available cable news commenter always willing to defend President Donald Trump, has been on the pro-Flynn bandwagon for weeks now, cobbling together an argument that the FBI acted improperly.
In a recent column posted at The Hill 24-hours before Flynn faced the judge, Dershowitz wrote, “The media is asking the wrong question about the Michael Flynn case. They are asking whether Flynn lied or the FBI acted improperly, as if the answers to those two questions are mutually exclusive. The possibility that both are true, in that Flynn did not tell the truth and that the FBI acted improperly, is not considered in our hyper partisan world where everyone, including the media, chooses a side and refuses to consider the chance that their side is not perfectly right and the other side not perfectly evil.”
According to the former Harvard law professor, “The FBI knew the truth. They had recordings of the conversations. Then why did they ask him whether he had those conversations? Obviously, not to learn whether he had them but, rather, to give him the opportunity to lie to federal agents so that they could squeeze him to provide damaging information against President Trump. ”
With Flynn accepting that it was not a “perjury trap” in court Thursday morning, and conceding he committed a felony, followers of the case and non-admirers of Dershowitz’s contrarian opinions were quick to pile on the attorney.
“Sounds like the interactions between Judge Sullivan, Michael Flynn, and his lawyer amount to a step-by-step demolition of the Hannity/Strassel/Dershowitz talking points,” Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz summed up.
You can see more Dershowitz bashing below:
Hardest hit (besides Flynn): Dershowitz, Rudy, and a millions of gullible dopes who bought that line all along. https://t.co/Ql6TzIaK8V
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 18, 2018
NEW — Judge asks the attorney for fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn if his client was entrapped by the FBI.
His response: “No, your honor.”
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) December 18, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
“Lying to the FBI is not a crime!” – Dershowitz
“Collusion is not a crime.” – Giuliani
“Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion!” – TrumpADVERTISEMENT
Breaking: “I was aware lying to the FBI was a crime.” – Flynn
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) December 18, 2018
Michael Flynn just told a Federal Judge that he doesn’t want to challenge circumstance of FBI interview. He says he was aware that lying to FBI was a crime. Let’s go live to @AlanDersh! pic.twitter.com/07jZI3LOjHADVERTISEMENT
— Jamie O’Grady 🤔 (@JamieOGrady) December 18, 2018
Flynn is guilty and he admits he lied. He isn’t claiming misconduct. The fantasies at @FDRLST are done.ADVERTISEMENT
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) December 18, 2018
That federal judge is systematically destroying Fox, Hannity, Dershowitz, and other idiots peddling conspiracy theories on Flynn. Love it.
— Blue(Wave)Kel 🇺🇸 (@bluekel) December 18, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) December 18, 2018
Judge Sullivan just SHUT DOWN Michael Flynn’s conspiracy theory he was “tricked by FBI;” Judge made Flynn admit his crime & plead guilty again at sentencing; a word to the wise Dershowitz, your day will come sooner than later.
— Joanna (@JoannaCocoGrove) December 18, 2018
Flynn lawyer said he was not entrapped Now guiliani, dershowitz, sara and donald can stop saying that word.ADVERTISEMENT
— Highly Favored 🇩🇲🇺🇸 (@nicabeauty) December 18, 2018
ie this thread https://t.co/P8KolYUzJ7
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) December 18, 2018
Fun to see the judge and Flynn shutting down the stupid shit @AlanDersh as been spewing on tv for days.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 18, 2018
Anyway, on to the next set of intricate conspiracy theories I guess. None of these people are going to pause and reflect that they were idiots.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) December 18, 2018
— George Sheppard (@shep_nlg) December 18, 2018
Let’s go live to Alan Dershowitz.
— Langame 🔤 (@140xLangame) December 18, 2018
That scraping sound you hear are the goalposts being moved. Again.
— Ol’ Jimmy Rouge (@slingshotscribe) December 18, 2018
Dershowitz, for his part was not going down without a fight:
That was wrong too.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) December 18, 2018