Alan Dershowitz, a renowned attorney, thinks Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg should be disbarred for his case against former President Donald Trump.
Dershowitz asserted during a Fox News interview that if Bragg is found culpable of disclosing information about Trump’s indictment to the media, he could spend up to five years in prison. In New York, leaking grand jury testimony to the general public is a Class E crime punishable by one to five years in prison.
Dershowitz also discussed how having Michael Cohen as a witness could harm the district attorney’s case.
“I don’t believe an indictment can be brought forward now, given Robert Costello’s comments. He has demonstrated that the main witness will be a perjuring liar on the stand, which puts the district attorney in a terrible position,” Dershowitz said.
“He could lose his bar license if he uses Cohen as a witness. It’s immoral to call a witness who you know is dishonest, and he has to know Cohen is lying. Or he can try the case without Cohen, which would be extremely difficult, or he can do the proper thing and drop the case,” he continued.
In an op-ed, Dershowitz also stated that whoever leaked the secret indictment is responsible for the only crime in this case, in his view.
“A serious felony has most likely been committed directly under DA Alvin Bragg’s nose, and he isn’t looking into it. It is a felony in New York to reveal private grand jury information, like whether the jurors decided to charge. The protection of confidentiality is as relevant to President Trump as it is to the people of the United States.”
“We are aware that the information was revealed while the indictment was still sealed and prior to any official announcement or charges being brought. The leak is unlikely to have come from the Trump team, which appeared genuinely surprised,” Dershowitz said.
“The most likely, albeit uncertain, scenario is that someone in Mr. Bragg’s office or a grand jury illegally leaked the sealed information. That would be a class E crime punishable by incarceration. Of course, an investigation could be ongoing, but it appears more likely that Mr. Bragg is too occupied fabricating a crime against the man he vowed in his campaign to get rather than investigating an actual crime that occurred on his watch,” Dershowitz added.
According to Dershowitz, Bragg’s hypothesis appears to be that Trump should have revealed why he paid for a non-disclosure agreement with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, which would undermine the goal of the agreement.
“Why would Mr. Trump be paying the money in the first place if he had to reveal the embarrassing reason publicly? Furthermore, no one has ever been charged for stating ‘legal costs’ for the purpose of establishing a possibly humiliating payment of hush money,” he said.