Dershowitz Says Bragg's Case Against Trump Is In Jeopardy If He Uses This Witness

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/26/2023
Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Harvard law professor, asserted Alvin Bragg would lose his legal license if the Manhattan district attorney proceeds with an indictment of former President Donald Trump and relies on Michael Cohen's testimony.

During Sunday Morning Futures, Fox News' Maria Bartiromo spoke with Dershowitz on the ongoing debate over whether Trump would be charged in connection with the Stormy Daniels hush money case. Dershowitz began by speculating that "I don't think an indictment can actually come out now following the comments made by [Robert] Costello." Dershowitz has consistently criticized the potential indictment as a violation of liberties.


The news that Costello, a supporter of Trump and once Michael Cohen's legal counsel, appeared before the Manhattan grand jury to testify negatively about Cohen was being discussed. Even while Cohen claims he did it at Trump's request and was paid for it while the Trump Organization sought to cover it up, Costello testified that Cohen took the initiative to set up the hush money agreement with Daniels. Cohen also insists that he did so at Trump's direction.

Trump has not yet been charged, but Dershowitz claimed that Costello's evidence "puts the district attorney in a horrible situation" because it "proves that the principal witness is likely to be a perjuring liar on the witness stand."

"He might really lose his bar license if he calls Cohen as a witness. Putting a witness on the stand who you know is lying is unethical, and he must be aware that Cohen will be lying. However, he could try the case without Cohen, which would be very challenging, or he could do the right thing and dismiss the case," added Dershowitz.

Although a witness who has already admitted to lying before Congress may have credibility concerns with a jury, Cohen's earlier admission does not automatically bar him from testifying under oath in subsequent judicial proceedings.

"Maybe grand jurors will finally wake up and say 'No, we're not ham sandwiches here," Dershowitz continued. We're going to stand up for the law, and the law states that in these circumstances, you can't indict someone.

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