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Dershowitz says the federal investigation in New York, not Mueller, is "the biggest threat" to Trump




President Trump's legal department quoted the constitution because it argues that he should not sit down for an interview with the special adviser who heads the investigation in Russia. (Evan Vucci / AP)

President Trump should be more worried about federal prosecutors in New York than about the Russia probe under the direction of Robert S. Mueller III, said retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz on Sunday [19659003DershowitzaninformalTrumpconsultantsaidinashowonABCNews"ThisWeek"thattheprosecutor'sextensiveinvestigationintotheUSAttorney'sOfficefortheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkposesthegreatestthreattoTrumpbecauseoftheshortageConstitutionalprotectioncouldbeforthepresidentatthislevel

"I think he has constitutional defense against Mueller's investigation," Dershowitz said. "But there are no constitutional defenses for what the Southern District is investigating, so I think the southern district is the biggest threat."

Trump's legal team quoted the constitution for arguing that the president was not one Interview with Muller should take place, which examines the Russian interference in the 2016 elections, possible collusion with Trump's campaign and obstruction of justice. Trump routinely condemned the investigation as a "witch hunt."

The president's legal dilemma in New York continues to deepen after prosecutors granted immunity to Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump organization, last week; and David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally, who heads the parent company of National Enquirer magazine.

The news of the collaborative projects came a few days after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen found himself guilty eight times before the 2016 election of women who claimed to be having affairs with Trump. Cohen said he made the payments on Trump's side. The Cohen case will likely have no legal implications for Trump during his tenure, experts say, although he could call for his impeachment calls for democrats to take over the house in November

Dershowitz said Sunday that it was "great would be "to have the Democrats on Capitol Hill so they could investigate Trump's actions.

But he played Trump's failure to report the hush money from the person who is responsible for the fine of the campaign would be the treasurer of the campaign, not the candidate

"The President or the candidate is entitled to everything, what he wants to contribute to his own campaign, "said Dershowitz. "The only problem here is if there was a mistake in reporting the post, and this failure to report is attributable to the treasurer of the election campaign, not to the president."

Like Dershowitz, whether Trump interviews Mueller Dershowitz claimed, "It would be good for the American public if President Trump sat down and said everything he knows, but it would not be good for President Trump, and that's why his lawyers strongly recommend against it."

He also offered Trump four broader advices.

"Look, my advice to the President – I've never given it to him privately, because I'm not his lawyer, but on TV – is: Do not fire, do not forgive, do not tweet and do not testify if he listens to these four things, he would be in less trouble than today, "said Dershowitz.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that Cohen's guilty plea and condemnation of former Trump campaign leader Paul Manafort – in a Mueller-led law firm – led to "many debates and upheavals around the President as an individual, and that's never good. "

Trump praised Manafort and recently sought his help Lawyers advise a possible pardon, according to Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. Gonzales said Trump has the right to voice his opinion, but his obvious sympathy for Manafort puts him in conflict with his own Justice Department.

"You had a very successful conviction from Paul Manafort, and the fact that the president speaks so well of Paul Manafort then was a bit unusual," said Gonzales.

He added that it could help Trump to answer at least written questions from Müller in the Russia investigation if he refuses to give an oral testimony

"I think maybe it will be in the minds of some American Citizens' commitment to facilitate the president's knowledge of Russian participation "in the 2016 presidential election, said Gonzales.


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