Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School professor emeritus and a liberal who frequently defends Trump, predicted Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" that Mueller's report will be "devastating" to Trump - especially after the president formally submitted written answers to Mueller's questions last week following months of wrangling.
Alksne was dismissive after host Katy Tur read Dershowitz's comment that while the political consequences for President Trump would be "devastating", he didn't believe there would be criminal charges because "collusion is not a crime".
"And I know that the President's team is already working on a response to the report", he said. "There was NO Collusion & Mueller knows it!"
Dershowitz said despite his expectation for a "politically very devastating report", he doesn't think criminal charges will be brought forward.
Dershowitz said it was "a very hard question" to predict when the report would be made public, as Matthew Whitaker, Trump's new acting attorney general, has criticized the investigation, but that it "will be made public probably with a response alongside".
Dershowitz said it was unlikely to result in charges against Trump because "collusion is not criminal", a defense that Trump and other supporters of the president have previously invoked.
'The president will say, "ah look, it's political".
It appears President Trump has special counsel Robert Mueller on his mind.
"What I think Mueller's going to do if he's smart is connect the open dots", Dershowitz, who has defended clients in some of the most famous cases in modern history, told The Washington Post. 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. He has repeatedly railed against the probe, calling it a "witch hunt" and attempting to undermine Mueller's credibility.
Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.