Famed lawyer and Constitution expert Alan Dershowitz said on ABC's "This Week" that the forthcoming report by special counsel Robert Mueller will fall short of finding criminal wrongdoing on the part of President Donald Trump, but predicted that the findings will be "devastating" for the Chief Executive. Speaking on Sunday, the former Harvard University law professor said, "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.”
When Mueller does his final report, will he be covering all of his conflicts of interest in a preamble, will he be recommending action on all of the crimes of many kinds from those “on the other side”(whatever happened to Podesta?), and will he be putting in statements from.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
While the report, Dershowitz said, will be “politically very devastating,” its not likely to engender any criminal charges. “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,” Dershowitz said. He added, “Collusion is not criminal.”
Alan Dershowitz, a frequent Trump defender, says the Mueller report will be “devastating” for the president: "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” https://t.co/KqWAc6L38G #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/kso9lYW45u— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 25, 2018
Dershowitz also predicted that when Mueller's report is released, “it will be made public probably with a response alongside.”
Special counsel Mueller, Dershowitz told show-host George Stephanopuolos, would be well advised to allow Congress to come to its own conclusions. “What I think Mueller’s going to do if he’s smart, he’s not going to take a chance on being rebutted, he’s going to just lay out just the facts, ma’am, he’s going to lay out the facts and leave it to Congress to decide whether that rises to the level of an impeachable offense,” Dershowitz said.
....hundreds of people closely involved with my campaign who never met, saw or spoke to a Russian during this period? So many campaign workers, people inside from the beginning, ask me why they have not been called (they want to be). There was NO Collusion & Mueller knows it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018