Liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz responded to Friday’s news of court filings in the case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen by calling it a “coming attraction” to the Mueller report results.
The Harvard law professor told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday that, while the report will likely make “a circumstantial case for arguably political sins,” he does not “see any crimes.”
“Well it would only be criminal if for example — this is a hypothetical — the campaign or President Trump or somebody in his behalf offered Putin a penthouse apartment at the top of the tower in exchange for getting a permit to build the tower,” Dershowitz told Carlson. “That would be arguably criminal under the federal corrupt practices acts.”
“Short of that, it’s very, very hard to see this,” he continued. “I think what we’re seeing is a coming attraction to what the report will be, and I think the report will set out a circumstantial case based on all the lying that’s taking place, a circumstantial case for arguably political sins, but I don’t see any crimes.” (RELATED: Dershowitz: Mueller’s Tactics Are ‘Common When You’re Dealing With The ‘Mafia’ And ‘Terrorists’)
“So what I’m afraid is going to happen is this special counsel, whose job it is only to find crimes, not sins, only crimes, will blur the line between crimes and sins, and write a report designed to put the president in a bad light. But in the end they won’t be able to find any specific violations of federal criminal statutes, unless they stretch these vague laws like obstruction of justice, beyond any recognition.”