Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz issued a stark warning about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Friday following several major developments in the controversial investigation centering around Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump.
What did Dershowitz say?
Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Dershowitz predicted Mueller would ultimately "blur the line between crimes and sins" in an effort to paint Trump in negative light.
The reason? According to Dershowitz, it's because Trump has not committed a crime. It's only if Mueller's team "stretch...vague laws" will they potentially secure criminal prosecution, Dershowitz explained.
"I don't see any crimes," Dershowitz said. "Collusion itself is not a crime. Using information given by Russia to Wikileaks would not be a crime unless the campaign participated with Wikileaks in the hacking itself. There's no evidence to support that."
"So what I'm afraid is going to happen is this special counsel whose job it is only to find crimes, not sins, only crimes, will blur the line between crimes and sins and write a report designed to put the president in a bad light," he continued. "But in the end, they won't be able to find any specific violations of federal criminal statutes unless they stretch these vague laws like obstruction of justice beyond any recognition."
If, indeed, Mueller seeks to paint Trump in a negative light without charging him with crimes, Dershowitz characterized such a move as "worse than improper, it's unconstitutional."
Dershowitz's comments came after court filings related to Mueller's investigation were made public Friday. The documents revealed that Cohen has gone to "significant lengths" to cooperate with Mueller's investigation. Additionally, the documents also showed the Cohen's information is "credible and consistent" with other evidence uncovered by Mueller's team.
Still, prosecutors recommended Cohen receive "substantial" prison time for breaking several federal statutes.
Trump responded to the news by claiming the court documents "totally" clear him of any wrongdoing.
Totally clears the President. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018