President Donald Trump's legal team must be ready for worst-case scenarios concerning special counsel Robert Mueller's report is finally released, as there is no doubt it will be "tough and accusatory," Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz wrote in a column Tuesday.
"His attorneys should not engage in wishful thinking but should be brutally realistic with themselves and their client," Dershowitz wrote in his opinion piece for The Hill.
The report will most likely be politically devastating, Dershowitz said, but it could also be "legally daunting," even though personally, he is not aware of any "compelling evidence of serious or impeachable crimes" by Trump.
"The fact that so many people close to the 2016 Trump campaign and the Oval Office have been charged with crimes will form an atmospheric backdrop to the substance of the special counsel report," Dershowitz said. "It must be remembered by all, especially the media, that this report, like all federal investigative reports and actions, will be one sided."
The report also will not be subjected to cross examination, but the Trump team should demand it not be released to either the public or Congress until they have an opportunity to study it and respond, as there will most likely be leaks if Congress gets the report first, he added.
The report must also bear in mind the difference between "political sins" and crimes, Dershowitz said, as the special counsel is limited to what is existing criminal law.
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