'His future looks like it's behind bars': CNN legal expert says Cohen filing spells doom for Trump
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Even though President Donald Trump is frantically denying any legal wrongdoing, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Monday that the president is in grave legal danger.

During the interview, Katyal said that while it was unlikely Trump would be indicted while still in office, the president would have to immediately prepare for criminal prosecutions the minute he left office.

"Trump knows he's facing some pretty strong criminal liability when he leaves office, one way or another," Katyal said. "Even if a sitting president can't be indicted, he's got to know his future looks like it's behind bars unless he cuts a deal with the prosecutors."

Camerota then asked Katyal to compare Trump's alleged felony campaign finance violation with the violation made by former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, and Katyal said there was absolutely no comparison.

"This is not an ordinary campaign contribution," he said of former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen's 2016 payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. "These are potentially the most significant contributions in the history of the United States. These payoffs very well may have swung the entire election. That's very different than payments made over a period of years... here, the timing really smells."

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