Dershowitz: Trump Should Not Issue Pardons, Testify Before Mueller or Tweet About Probe
Alan Dershowitz said President Trump's legal team should demand that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russia probe not be released to the public or to Congress until the president's attorneys have a reasonable opportunity to study it and file a response.
Some recent reports indicate that Mueller could submit his report to the attorney general as early as February, but some legal experts have expressed skepticism and said that could still be "months and months away." Once the attorney general has the report, they decide how much of it to make public.
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Thursday, Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, said if Trump's legal team cannot simultaneously release a rebuttal, it is "completely one-sided."
"Mueller only heard evidence from people who were trying to find evidence of crimes and sins against President Trump," Dershowitz explained. "He didn't listen to exculpatory evidence, he didn't allow anyone to cross-examine these witnesses."
He said the Trump team must be given an opportunity to rebut and present their case, and then Congress and the public can make up their minds once they see both sides.
In the meantime, Dershowitz revealed some advice he might offer Trump if he were representing the president: Don't pardon anyone caught up in the Russia probe at this time, don't fire Mueller, don't testify and don't tweet.
See more from Dershowitz above, including his warning for Democrats regarding any possible impeachment push.