Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz defended President Donald Trump from allegations of criminal wrongdoing on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, after CNN released a tape of him conferring with his former attorney Michael Cohen.
The tape centered on possible payments being made to playboy model Karen McDougal, but Dershowitz said there’s no proof of anything illegal. (RELATED: Alan Dershowitz Destroys Michael Avenatti’s Claim Of Trump’s Impending Resignation: ‘It’s Total Nonsense’)
“Not even a close question. There’s no crime,” Dershowitz said. “This was a conversation between a lawyer and a client that should never have been heard. Even if — even if and the tape is unclear, Trump raised the word cash, there was then a discussion. The lawyer said no, no, no. And President Trump said no, we’ll do it by check. Lawyers and clients have those conversations all the time. I’ve had conversations like that with clients. The end result was, cash was not used. No payments were made.”
“The context of the tape all suggests that the president wanted it to be papered. That he wanted it to be corporation, not just a payment. He wanted to make sure it was done right,” he added. “He wanted to make sure it was done with records. So I think the big picture is no crime.”
Dershowitz claims the conversation between Cohen and Trump should have remained protected through the attorney-client privilege and shouldn’t have been made public.
“It also suggests that this conversation never should have been heard by any of us,” Dershowitz said. “And Cohen should not have recorded a conversation. You trust your lawyer to have a discreet conversation so that you can lay out all the possibilities and then decide what to do. The end result is: no payments were made, no cash was given. And so this is a big deal about nothing.”
Dershowitz also said Cohen could find himself in legal jeopardy if it is discovered he was the source of the leak, while the information was still privileged.
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