Alan Dershowitz: Mueller Likely Hoping Manafort Charges Will Spark Chain Reaction
Alan Dershowitz analyzed what he thinks is Special Counsel Robert Mueller's grand strategy in the Russia investigation, calling it the "criminalization of political differences."
"He has to go after somebody," the Harvard law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat explained. "He can't just spend all the money and do nothing."
"If he can find little things that's going to be a victory for him," the lawyer told "Fox & Friends."
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort turned himself in to the Washington, D.C. FBI office this morning on charges of money laundering in Russia-related business deals.
Dershowitz predicted Mueller will try to make a deal with Manafort, promising him a "get out of jail card" if he can tell them something damaging about the Trump campaign,
However, if Manafort's money laundering charges are all the special counsel finds, the Trump campaign is off the hook, Dershowitz said.
"They'll let him go," he continued. "Bail will be set relatively low. He's not going anywhere."
"But if he can lead them to somebody else ... somebody who's closer to the campaign who then can be indicted, who can lead them to somebody else, that's the way prosecutors operate."
Manafort and his business associate and fellow campaign official Rick Gates are the first to be charged in the Russia collusion probe.