Former President Donald Trump’s legal team posted a win and a loss this week. A jury hearing the E. Jean Carroll defamation (rape allegation) case ruled against Carroll, but the New York court awarded her $5 million in damages. Also this week, a New York judge sided with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and issued a severe gag order against Trump and his legal team.
Famed Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Tim Sebastian of The Daily Wire that while he does not support Trump politically, he believes the indictment Bragg brought against the former president is “absurd and politically motivated.”
Dershowitz elaborated on Trump’s legal battles on EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program. Regarding the election obstruction charges Trump is facing in Georgia, Dershowitz said: “There isn’t anything for former President Donald Trump to worry about with a potential lawsuit coming from a Georgia district attorney.”
Regarding the $250 million civil fraud lawsuit brought by New York’s Democrat Attorney General Letitia James, who accuses Trump and family members of strategically overvaluing the family’s real estate assets, Dershowitz predicted the case “will likely be resolved by settlement.”
“That’s a civil case, and it will be resolved civilly, probably by some kind of a settlement,” Dershowitz host Jan Jekielek. “I don’t think [Trump] has anything to worry about with that, except time.”
The extended interview will premiere on May 13 on EpochTV.
Dershowitz added: “Trump doesn’t have to worry about the investigations launched in Georgia and Washington either.”
Regarding the Fulton County, Georgia, case, where Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis charges that Trump and his associates illegally attempted to overturn 2020 presidential election results, Dershowitz said:
“There’s no way [Trump] can be prosecuted successfully there. What he said on the recorded tape was, ‘I need to FIND 11,000 votes.’ He didn’t say ‘invent’ or ‘concoct. He said ‘find,’ which means that they’re there, and you just have to look hard to see if you can find them. I think that’s a complete defense there.”
Dershowitz told Jekielek that the same argument applies to a potential DOJ lawsuit against Trump over his role in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
“There’s a complete defense to the Jan. 6 investigation that’s occurring in Washington. Because in his speech, he said explicitly that he wanted the people to go to the Capitol, to exercise their First Amendment right, to protest ‘peacefully and patriotically,’” Dershowitz explained. “That’s a perfectly constitutionally protected speech.”
Regarding Trump’s recent indictment on 34 felony accounts of falsifying business records in New York City — a case pushed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — Dershowitz said:
“In New York, you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich; and in Manhattan, you can probably get a petty jury to convict a ham sandwich if its name is Donald Trump. So he’s at risk there. But I think that case will be reversed on appeal if there is a conviction.”
Trump, who has pled not guilty to all charges, recently posted on Truth Social: “This case should be moved to nearby Staten Island — would be a very fair and secure location for the trial.”
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