One of the president’s most ardent defenders is prepping Trump and his base for the fallout from the report that some expect could soon be released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Appearing on ABC‘s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, legal expert and Harvard Law professor emeritus, Alan Dershowitz, warned of the political implications of the negative information that the report is likely to contain.
“I think the report is going to be devastating to the president and I know that the president’s team is already working on a response to the report,” Dershowitz told Stephanopoulos.
Many on the left will be disappointed, however, with Dershowitz’s prediction that, while the report will be extremely damaging politically, it will not contain enough to warrant criminal charges against the president himself.
“When I say devastating, I mean it’s going to paint a picture that’s going to be politically very devastating. I still don’t think it’s going to make a criminal case,” the Trump apologist opined.
Whether the notoriously tight-lipped Mueller will be releasing his report on his investigation anytime soon is still a matter of speculation at this point, but the fact that Trump has finally returned his written responses to a set of questions that the Special Counsel’s office allowed him to answer in lieu of submitting to an interview means that at least one of the final milestones in the completion of the investigation has been reached.
With media reports indicating that there are dozens of sealed criminal indictments that have been added to the dockets of federal courts in Washington DC, it’s unclear whether the indictments will be revealed soon and proceedings will begin, or whether the sealed indictments were simply shrewdly planned placeholders to prevent Trump or his new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker from doing anything that would impede or halt Mueller’s probe.
Dershowitz’s comments portend a report that will contradict everything the president has said about the “Witch Hunt” and the lack of collusion and obstruction, but given that few people with half a brain believe a word out of Trump’s mouth at this point, given his extraordinarily provable penchant for compulsive mendacity, it’s difficult to predict if the report will damage Trump any further politically than his open behavior already has without an actual indictment or impeachment.
You can watch a clip of Alan Dershowitz on This Week with George Stephanopoulos in the video below.
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"I think the report is going to be devastating to the president," Harvard Law Professor Emeritus @AlanDersh says. "And I know that the president's team is already working on a response to the report" https://t.co/GlcWTIu29g #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/LtogMZA5rP
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Original reporting by Roey Hadar at ABC News.