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Truth or hype? Are Trump’s family members really in legal trouble?

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Democrats are banking on legal troubles for President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the president, to add fuel to the fire of a sputtering Russian collusion investigation.

Hanging on the hope that Trump Jr. and Kushner will be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for issues related to the Trump campaign and Russia, the question of whether members of the Trump family are in legal trouble was the topic of debate Monday evening on “Fox News at Night.”

Panelist Harry Lippman, a former deputy assistant attorney general, was quick to note that comments to that effect amount to little more than unfounded speculation, but he did note that because of recent claims by Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, that Trump Jr. “is in the cross-hairs.”

Cohen claimed last week that the president knew of the meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016.

Fellow panelist Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney, suggested that Cohen is likely in more trouble than Trump Jr..

“Michael Cohen is undoubtedly in trouble, but for things that have nothing to do with Donald Trump or the Russia investigation,” Dhillon said. “One key tell here is that if this Cohen prosecution had to do with the Mueller and Russia investigation, Mueller wouldn’t have handed it off to the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. He would have kept it and that would have been a clue to us that this whole investigation involves the Russia collusion.”

Citing Cohen’s “outrageous behavior” of secretly recording his own client only to throw him under the bus, and leaking information to the media, she said the lawyer is “a very non credible witness.”

“I don’t think that Donald Trump Jr. has anything to worry about based on Michael Cohen’s uncorroborated, unverified and frankly untrustworthy statements to the media,” Dhillon said.

Both guests were in agreement that President Trump shouldn’t sit down and answer questions with Mueller.

Lippman’s reasoning was Trump has “committed crimes” and will either lie about them, or incriminate himself.

Dhillon, who called her fellow panelist’s declaration that the president was guilty of a crime “outrageous,” had a much shorter answer: “Hell no.”

Tom Tillison


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