Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz hit back at allegations he is a racist Sunday after saying special counsel Robert Mueller chose to impanel a grand jury for the Russia probe in Washington, D.C., because any resulting trial jury would have an "ethnic and racial composition" that would be "less favorable" to the Trump administration.
"Being black doesn't give you a license to call people racist any more than being Jewish gives you a license to call people anti-Semitic," Dershowitz told Abby Huntsman on "Fox and Friends Weekend."
His fiery response was triggered by statements from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who on Friday characterized Dershowitz's analysis as "absolutely racist."
"She doesn't know what she's talking about," Dershowitz retorted. "First of all, I wasn't talking about the grand jury. I was talking about the petty jury. Grand jury doesn't matter. A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich if the prosecutor wants it to."
Dershowitz said Waters was being flippant with the charged term when venue shopping and advantageous jury selection are common legal practices.
"If I had said that race didn't matter, she'd have called me a racist," Dershowitz continued. "She throws around the term so loosely and so inappropriately, and it weakens her credibility just by calling everybody a racist by calling me a racist, when she calls real racists racists, nobody is going to believe her."