George Washington University law professor and legal expert Jonathan Turley said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpYemeni-American man kills himself after family blocked from entering US by Trump admin Dershowitz on MSNBC panel: ‘Don’t you dare accuse me’ of defending Trump Bannon slams Kochs: ‘What they have to do is shut up and get with the program’ MORE‘s former personal attorney Michael Cohen flipping could mean that the president is “one witness away from a potential catastrophe.”
“I think the Cohen development is very serious,” Turley, who is an opinion contributor at The Hill, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “He’s one witness away from a potential catastrophe. If any of those five witnesses breaks and supports Michael Cohen, this will get real bad, real fast.”
Turley made the remarks just days after CNN reported that Cohen said Trump knew of a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son and a Kremlin-connected lawyer ahead of time.
Turley added that “it’s not that the meeting will establish a crime of collusion, even if what Cohen is saying is true, but what it would mean is that Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpGiuliani seeks to quell speculation over Cohen Christie: Trump-Cohen speculation now at ‘hysteria’ level Giuliani: Cohen claim that Trump knew of Trump Tower meeting ‘flat out untrue’ MORE would be in serious jeopardy of a criminal charge.”
“If Mueller was to go after Donald Trump Jr., I think we would see a very rapid chain of events and it would not end well for anyone,” he said, adding that Trump could react to an event like this by firing multiple people, which could lead the country closer to potential impeachment.
The comments come as Trump and his legal team push back hard against the claims that Cohen made in regards to his knowledge of an infamous Trump Tower meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign.
CNN reported that Cohen does not have evidence to back up his story, such as audio recordings, but that he is willing to discuss it with special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is leading an investigation into Russian interference in the most recent presidential election.
Trump’s lead attorney in the Russia probe, Rudy Giuliani, said on Sunday that Cohen’s claim is “flat-out untrue” while speaking on “Fox News Sunday.”
“Do you think the Fake News Media will ever report on this tweet from Michael?” Trump said.
Published at Mon, 30 Jul 2018 22:01:37 +0000