Trump-defending Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz hit back against a GOP congressman who insists that Democrats engaged in “witness tampering” with the president’s former longtime “fixer” Michael Cohen.
In an interview with Fox News earlier in the day, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a White House ally, accused House Democrats of “coaching” Cohen prior to his testimonies before various committees in an attempt to establish a “new narrative.”
Republicans like Nunes have been up in arms about Democratic staff meeting with Cohen before his testimonies — but as many, including Dershowitz, have argued, such meetings are cursory.
The Harvard Law professor noted later on the network that Nunes’ statement appears to be an “exaggeration.”
“It’s perfectly lawful for Democratic staffers to travel to prepare a witness,” he said. “That happens every day. I don’t know what the fuss is about that.”
“I think it really depends on what influence the lawyers or the staffers may have had on his testimony,” he added later. “They are not allowed to tell him what to say, obviously. On the other hand, they are allowed to suggest what the areas of interest are of the members of Congress. I think it has to be looked into very carefully but with a presumption of innocence.”
“I don’t think there is anything there,” Dershowitz declared. “I think if Republicans were in House control today and they were calling Hillary Clinton people who were going to testify against Hillary Clinton or against Democrats they would be sending people to New York to help prepare their testimony.”
If Nunes and other Republicans are so worried, he added, they can call the staffers — or Cohen himself — to testify.
“We have to presume that they just did what lawyers and staffers do all the time,” he said. “And that is help prepare witnesses, cover the areas that want to be discussed. This sounds like a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
BUSTED: Cops fired for framing Stormy Daniels reportedly arrested on federal corruption charges
On Tuesday, the Scioto Valley Guardian reported that two former Columbus police officers for the vice unit have been arrested on a number of federal charges.
Ex-Officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster are the same officers who allegedly conspired to frame porn star Stormy Daniels, who became a national name after suing to get out of a nondisclosure agreement negotiated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to bury the story of Trump's sexual affair with her.
Authorities searching for spring breakers who flew from Cabo on private plane with 28 COVID-19 victims
Texas authorities are on the lookout for a group of spring breakers who returned from Cabo San Lucas testing positive for the coronavirus.
According to Alyssa Goard at KXAN News, public health officials announced Tuesday that about a week and a half ago, about 70 students in their 20's flew back to the United States on a chartered plane while others used commercial flights. There are 28 youth from the trip who have tested positive for COVID-19.
"Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifest from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested. The Department of State Health Services has been notified.
Trump’s schedule is empty because he’s spending his days chatting with titans of industry, world leaders, and celebrities
President Donald Trump isn't jetting off aboard Air Force One every few days to preside over MAGA and KAG campaign rallies anymore, now that his pandemic is keeping much of the nation – including the president – at home. World leaders have stopped calling – at least in person – so his televised Oval Office diatribes have come to an end, at least temporarily.
Trump's calendar has been looking pretty empty these days (not a dramatic change from pre-pandemic days.)
Here's Trump's public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don't include all of a president's activities.) pic.twitter.com/dst1Nybqbg