Dershowitz: Mueller Squeezing Manafort To Get Him To 'Sing' or 'Compose' Against Trump

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Renowned legal scholar Alan Dershowitz argued on Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is squeezing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in hopes of making him “sing” or even “compose” against President Donald Trump.

Fox News host Sandra Smith asked Dershowitz to respond to a report that Mueller’s team has requested a federal judge in Northern Virginia compel “five potential witnesses” to testify in Manafort’s upcoming trial in exchange for immunity.

“A normal U.S. attorney wouldn’t grant so much immunity for such a small fry defendant,” the Harvard law professor emeritus observed. “It really shows that what is going on here is they are targeting the president.”

Dershowitz argued that Mueller’s lawyers are “trying not only to make (Manafort) sing, but make him compose possibly and putting all the pressure they can on him.”

The legal expert went on to explain that is why he and other civil libertarians oppose the technique of squeezing witnesses by indicting them for unrelated crimes.

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“I used to teach my first year criminal law students that if you commit a crime in America always commit a crime with someone more important than you are so you can flip on them and they can’t flip on you. That’s what’s going on here,” Dershowitz said.

He later emphasized the danger of a witness composing a tall tale to secure a more advantageous plea deal.

“The fear is not only that he’ll sing, but that he might compose,” Dershowitz stated. “That he might make things up or exaggerate, because we know witnesses understand, the better the story, the better the deal.”

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The author of the newly released book “The Case Against Impeaching Trump” went on to argue why Mueller should never have been appointed.

“A special counsel has to produce results, unlike a normal U.S. attorney,” Dershowitz said. “If an normal U.S. attorney investigates a case and there’s nothing there, it just goes away.”

“But if a special counsel is appointed and he’s given tens of millions dollars and a large staff and comes up with nothing, he’s failed,” the lawyer added.

In May, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III raised the issue of Mueller’s team indicting Manafort for crimes unrelated to the Russian investigation in hopes of getting him to “sing” against Trump.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” the judge charged. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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