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Ex-federal prosecutor schools Alan Dershowitz for absurd claim Mueller is setting a ‘trap’ for Trump

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Alan Dershowitz, Anderson Cooper and former federal prosecutor Anne Milgram

Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has argued consistently against the investigations into Donald Trump, alleged that special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to catch the president in a “perjury trap.” Someone who actually prosecuted people for a living, however, said otherwise.

During a Wednesday panel discussion, Dershowitz explained that asking questions about his motive firing former FBI Director James Comey or going easy on Michael Flynn would set up the “trap.”

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CNN host Anderson Cooper noted that it’s only a so-called “perjury trap if someone wants to perjure themselves.”

But Dershowitz argued it wasn’t true.

“Well, no one is being forced to lie, so it’s not a perjury trap — correct me” if I’m wrong, Cooper said.

“Well, I will,” Dershowitz shot back. He claimed that if Trump said something he “believes is truthful” and another witness saying the opposite, Trump could be prosecuted for perjury.

However, former federal prosecutor Anne Milgram agreed with Cooper’s assessment that the biggest trap is a candidate prone to lying.

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“And also I think the way the professor’s describing perjury, it makes it seem like if there are two completely different version of events, someone can be charged with perjury,” she began. “In my experience as a state and federal prosecutor, that’s not the case. To prove perjury is a very high standard, and you actually have to be able to prove to a jury that one version of events is false.”

Dershowitz claimed that’s why she’s a prosecutor and not a defense attorney and that he would never allow any of his clients be set up for something like that.

“If I could switch a little, I think it’s worth debating this question of perjury, but I’ll tell you my view,” Milgram came back. “My view is that the president doesn’t want to go in. So, we talk about whether or not the lawyers want him to go in or don’t want him to go in. So, what we’re seeing a little bit is this dance.”

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Dershowitz also argued that the idea of using someone’s tweets against them is absurd and he fears for any clients who tweet moving forward.

Cooper explained that no other person has the power to fire the investigators and prosecutors in the case. Trump does, and has threatened to do so.

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Justice Dept officials worry Bill Barr will fall quietly in line behind Trump after Stone interference: report

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According to a report from CNN, longtime Justice Department officials are concerned that Attorney General Bill Barr will do all he can to stay out of Donald Trump's sight and not interfere now that he was caught up in a squabble with the president over the sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone.

CNN notes that Barr had previously watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be swept up in the president's Ukraine scandal -- damaging the State Department official's reputation -- and hoped to keep a low profile in the president's public disputes.

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Internet heaps praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN's Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his "fiery rebuke" of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were "bullsh*t."

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

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Bill Barr’s relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor

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In a CNN segment analyzing Donald Trump's insistent comments and tweets about Justice Department business, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig stated that the relationship between the president and Attorney General Bill Barr is now "on the rocks" and does not look promising for the future.

Speaking with "New Day" host Christi Paul, Honig explained that Barr has repeatedly cautioned the president about his comments but that Trump is flat out ignoring the Attorney general -- meaning that their relationship has taken a bad turn.

"It's interesting, Christi, the relationship between Trump and Barr seems to be on the rocks," Honig explained. "We saw Bill Barr step up and show some spine when he said to ABC News, the president is making my job impossible."

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