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Alan Dershowitz: Mueller Russia report will be ‘devastating’ for Trump

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  • Alan Dershowitz predicted that the special counsel Robert
    Mueller’s report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election will
    be “politically very devastating” for President Donald Trump.
  • Harvard law professor Dershowitz said he did not believe that
    the investigation would result in criminal charges.
  • Dershowitz is known as a Trump frequent defender and Trump
    has spoken highly of him, but he has also criticized some of the
    president’s policies.

Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation will be “politically very
devastating” for President Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, a
Harvard law professor and frequent Trump defender, has predicted.

“I think the report is going to be devastating to the president,”
Dershowitz told ABC’s “This Week” on
Sunday.
“And I know that the president’s team is already
working on a response to the report.”

Dershowitz said he doubted that the investigation into Russian
meddling in the 2016 presidential election would result in
criminal charges, but said that the results could still devastate
Trump.

“When I say devastating, I mean it’s going to paint a picture
that’s going to be politically very devastating,” he said.


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Dershowitz said it was unlikely to result in charges because
“collusion is not criminal” — a defense that
Trump
and other supporters have used to defend the president.

But
legal experts say
that while there is no “crime of collusion”
there are many crimes that are related closely related, including
conspiracy to defraud the US.


Alan Dershowitz
Alan
Dershowitz spoke to ABC News about Robert Mueller’s Russia
investigation on Sunday.

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News


But Dershowitz said he did not believe that Trump would be
charged with conspiring to “cooperate with an attempt to defraud
the US government.”

“It’s too much of a stretch,” he said.


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He predicted that Mueller is “going to lay out the facts, leave
it to Congress to decide whether that rises to the level of an
impeachable offense.”

Dershowitz said it was a “very hard question” to predict when the
report would be made public as Matthew Whitaker, Trump’s new
acting attorney general,
has criticized the investigation.
“It will be made public
probably with a response alongside,” he said.

Trump has recognized Dershowitz as someone who often defends him.
He
tweeted in 2017
that Dershowitz’s appearance on “Fox and
Friends” was a “must watch” as he talked about the Mueller
investigation.

In
an interview with The New York Times in December 2017
, Trump
called Dershowitz “amazing.”

Dershowitz has previously given blunt assessments of accusations
against Trump. In 2017,
he said that reports that Trump had shared highly classified
information with two Russian officials
in the White House
“the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president.”

He also said that multiple investigations into
Trump’s finances in New York
are
“the greatest threat” to Trump,
because he has
“constitutional defenses” against the Mueller investigation.

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