President Barack Obama asked the FBI to investigate a person following a request from billionaire financier George Soros, according to constitutional expert and lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
Dershowitz made the claim in a Feb. 16 interview with Breitbart News, when discussing the constitutional authority of a president to control the Justice Department.
“President Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros, who was a close ally of his,” he said.
Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus, said he was “not prepared to disclose” the information he possessed on the matter, but noted its “going to come out in a lawsuit in the near future.”
“I have in my possession the actual 302 form which documents this issue,” he said, referring to an FBI form that summarizes an interview conducted by the bureau. “And it will, at the right time, come out. But Im not free to disclose it now because its a case thats not yet been filed.”
Obamas office and Soross Open Society Foundations didnt respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment. The FBI declined to comment.
Could but Shouldnt
Dershowitz made his comments in relation to President Donald Trumps recent comments on Twitter criticizing the sentencing of his former campaign associate Roger Stone.
“Weve seen this kind of White House influence on the Justice Department virtually in every Justice Department,” Dershowitz commented.
“The difference is, this president is much more overt about it. He tweets about it. President Obama whispered about it.”
While he criticized such an influence, he also said it isnt unconstitutional.
“Lets be very clear about the constitutionality. The president could make a decision to really control the Justice Department. He could decide who to prosecute, who not to prosecute. He shouldnt do it. It hasnt been done since Thomas Jefferson.”
The alleged request from Soros “is not unusual,” he said.
“People whisper to presidents all the time. Presidents whisper to [the] Justice Department all the time. Its very common. Its wrong, whoever does it, but its common, and we shouldnt think that its unique to any particular president.”
Dershowitz was a defense lawyer for Trump in the recent impeachment trial, in which the president was acquitted of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
The Stone Case
Stone was convicted of lying to and obstructing Congress and witness tampering. Prosecutors recommended 7 to 9 years in prison for him, in large part based on their claim that he threatened a witness, which calls for a higher penalty in the Justice Departments sentencing guidelines.
The defense argued that Stones comments to his longtime associate Randy Credico were made as a joke.
“Stones indecorous conversations with Randy Credico were many things, but here, in the circumstances of this nearly 20-year relationship between eccentric men, where crude language was the norm, prepare to die [expletive] and conversations of similar ilk, were not threats of physical harm, serious acts used as a means of intimidation, or the more serious forms of obstruction contemplated by the Guidelines,” his lawyers wrote in Stones sentencing memorandum (