President Trump’s hint to former FBI Director James Comey that he “better hope there are no tapes” of their conversation was not “witness intimidation,” one law professor has stated.
Instead, it was a calculated move to get Comey to tell the truth.
In an interview with Bill Hemmer of Fox News, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz said Trump’s bluff would result in Comey stopping to think as he testified before a grand jury, “maybe there is a recording- I need to be very careful about what I say.”
Dershowitz had written an opinion editorial for The Hill, which was published Thursday, in which he said it was the most “absurd of the many absurd charges leveled against Trump” to suggest that his bluff to Comey was “witness intimidation.”
He said there is absolutely nothing illegal about bluffing a witness into telling the truth and described an incident when he had even done it himself.
“Prosecutors frequently bluff about the quality and quantity of the evidence they have against a defendant in order to get him to plead guilty or to become a cooperating witness,” Dershowitz wrote.
He also issued a stern warning: “Remember that today’s use of the criminal law against a president you don’t like may become a precedent to using a criminal law against a president you do like. Even worse it may become a precedent against you. So be careful what you wish for.”
Watch the interview below:
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