Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Wednesday that he doesn't see how Donald Trump Jr. committed any crime, after revealing he met in 2016 with a Russian lawyer who said she had incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.
"I don't see any crime at this point in time," Dershowitz told Newsmax.
He said the worst case scenario now seems to be that Russians got in touch with Trump Jr. and promised him information that may have been obtained illegally. But he said current law allows people to use illegally obtained information, and compared Trump Jr.'s actions to those of famous U.S. newspapers.
"That's what the New York Times did in the Pentagon Papers," he said. "That's what the Washington Post did and many other newspapers did with information from Snowden and Manning."
"You allowed legally to use material that was obtained illegally as long as you had nothing to do with the illegal nature of obtaining the information," he said.
In a separate appearance on Fox Business, Dershowitz continued by saying there's a "big difference between the act of stealing or the act of hacking, and the act of using it."
"There's really no difference under the first amendment between a campaigner using information he obtained ... from somebody who obtained it illegally, and a newspaper doing it," he said. "So I think this is conduct that would be covered by the first amendment. It's also not prohibited by law."
"There's been so much overwrought claim... there are people who are talking about treason," he added. "I can't believe the New York Times had an op-ed yesterday in which treason was mentioned without even looking at the definition."