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Dershowitz: Bragg's Trump probe 'worse than Al Capone,' Soros trying to 'corrupt' justice system

Dershowitz took aim at Soros while dismissing claims that criticizing the billionaire is antisemitic. 

Published: March 21, 2023 9:08am

Updated: March 21, 2023 10:25am

Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's reported efforts to criminally charge former President Trump over the paying of hush money to an adult film actress is "worse than Al Capone" – referring to how law enforcement finally got the Chicago businessman and alleged gangster behind bars for tax evasion.

"This is worse than Al Capone, because in Al Capone's case, at least they got him on legitimate income tax violations," Dershowitz said about the prosecution of the mobster who was sentenced in 1931 to 11 years in prison for not paying taxes.

The adult film actress, Stormy Daniels, was paid $130,000 during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign for an alleged affair years earlier that Trump has denied.

Dershowitz said the Trump probe is also worse because the prosecutor "had to make up a crime" by pursuing a misdemeanor and a felony, both of which were beyond the statute of limitations and were not prosecuted by the previous district attorney nor the Justice Department.

Dershowitz also suggests Bragg's probe is politically motivated or at least targets Trump specifically.

"The law should first find out there's a crime, and then try to find out who did it, not the opposite," Dershowitz, a Democrat who defended Trump in his first impeachment trial, said Monday on "Just the News, No Noise."

He also criticized Democratic megadonor George Soros for trying to "corrupt the American system of justice" by funding the campaigns of progressive prosecutorial candidates. 

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made similar allegations one day earlier about Soros funding Bragg.

The Soros-funded Color Of Change PAC gave more than $1 million to Bragg for his 2021 election campaign, The Daily Mail reported Monday.

Soros has also made sizable donations toward the campaigns of other progressive prosecutors such as former St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon.

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