Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz corrected CNN host Anderson Cooper’s statements on President Trump and a potential meeting with special counsel Robert Mueller, on Wednesday night.
“So I think in the end, it’s going to be very unlikely that the lawyers will lose this battle and the president will actually sit down and expose himself to a possible perjury trap,” Dershowitz stated.
“Professor, you use the term perjury trap. It’s only a perjury trap if someone wants to perjure themselves,” Cooper responded. “Well, no one is being forced to lie. I mean it’s a perjury trap — correct me.”
“Well, I will correct you. If you have the president saying something that he believes is truthful, and then you have another witness, Cohen or Manafort or one of the others contradicting him without regard to who is telling the truth, you could get a perjury prosecution,” Dershowitz continued. “So I’ve often advised clients who have insisted to me that they will only tell the truth. I say to them, ‘but it is possible that any other witness will tell the truth different than yours?’”
Dershowitz has described Manafort’s trial as a tool to go after the president, saying that had he not been associated with the president, he would still be a free man. (Dershowitz: Mueller Is Just Trying To ‘Squeeze’ Manafort To Get Something On Trump)
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