Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Dershowitz says Robert Mueller report won't result in Donald Trump criminal charges

Trump accuses Mueller of ignoring 2016 staffers who ‘need to be’ questioned			 0					By		Marta Subat Trump accuses Mueller of ignoring 2016 staffers who ‘need to be’ questioned 0 By Marta Subat
Andrew Cummings | 28 November, 2018, 09:00

President Donald Trump sent out two tweets Monday morning attacking special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections on his first day back at work at the White House following his Thanksgiving vacation in Florida.

The Harvard Law professor emeritus predicted yesterday that the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election will see the president have to navigate the political aftermath of a potentially damning final report.

"I think the report is going to be devastating to the President", Dershowitz, a fomer Harvard law professor, said on "ABC This Week".

However, he also predicted there would be no criminal case to come from it.

Dershowitz said Sunday that Whitaker's appointment made it "very hard" to predict when and under what circumstances Mueller's report would be released to the public. "The president will say, 'Ah look, it's political". He named Matt Whitaker, a former federal prosecutor who previously served as Sessions' chief of staff in the Justice Department, as acting attorney general ― an appointment that drew backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who anxious Whitaker, a sharp critic of the Russian Federation probe, would shut down or significantly limit the investigation.

"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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Added Lambda Legal Counsel Peter Renn: "Yet again, the Trump administration flouts established norms and procedures. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote last spring in a case filed in the District of Columbia.

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He and Verstappen banged wheels as they fought for position, forcing Bottas to make another pitstop for a suspected slow puncture. Then they can take their time to get the auto righted and let him get out".

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

Last week Trump submitted written answers to questions from Mueller instead of facing an interview in person.

Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.

The Minnesota Democrat added that she believed that Whitaker was "literally a walking conflict", citing reports that the acting attorney general made almost $1 million leading a tax-exempt organization allegedly advocating right-wing positions.

35 people have charged so far in conjunction with the Mueller probe, with additional sealed indictments pending.

In spite of Dershowitz - and the President - a U.S. District Judge did recently in favor of a Mueller indictment of Concord Management, a company who used fake can indeed be a crime.

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