Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig explained to CNN host Ana Cabrera that if he was the prosecutor on President Donald Trump’s case, he would know they had Trump on obstructions of justice.
The host began by talking about notorious “dirty trickster” Roger Stone and his unfaltering loyalty to Trump.
“I will never testify against Trump,” Stone said during an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos. It prompted the president to salute his friend by saying he has “guts.”
Honig explained that if he was an investigator who heard someone say what Trump has tweeted while listening to a wiretap, he would have the proof he needs to move forward with charges.
“He’s pretty close to the line,” he said. “The president has had a pretty consistent message throughout this process, which is anyone who testifies or cooperates with law enforcement is weak, gutless, and inherently a liar. And the flip side is anyone who stays silent is heroic and has guts, to use his term. He is right on the edge of witness tampering.”
He noted that federal laws make it a crime to dissuade a witness to try and stop, postpone or delay their testimony.
“And if you look at the president’s tweets from this morning, if I was a prosecutor and we had a wiretap up on someone’s phone and they said those exact things that the president tweeted, I would say, wow, we just got him on obstruction. So, he’s really right on the edge,” he explained.
The White House has said that Twitter is considered an official statement from the president when he unleashes them online. Whatever he says publicly is “fair game,” Honig said.
Watch the full panel discussion below: