By Jon Dougherty
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer did not mince words in describing former special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on alleged “collusion” and ‘obstruction of justice’ committed during the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond.
“The entire Mueller report is a fraud,” John Dowd told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity Monday night during an appearance with Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz.
“I’m so glad that [U.S. District] Judge [Emmett] Sullivan ordered the [entire] transcript” of the report, Dowd said, “because we now know the truth,” adding, “We’re gonna find more of these things.”
“Isn’t it ironic that this man, who kept indicting and prosecuting people for process crimes” such as lying to FBI agents “committed a false statement in his own report,” Dowd added.
Reports Monday noted that Mueller’s entire opening statement was false — that the investigation into the Trump campaign began when George Papadopoulos got drunk at a bar and told the ambassador from Australia that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
It actually began much sooner than that Papadopoulos timeframe, which was around July 2016.
As for Dowd, he said Mueller and his team of Democrat-donor prosecutors took out “half my words” regarding conversations he had on the president’s behalf, which “changed the … tenor and the contents” of them.
“It’s an outrage, and there’s probably more” examples of that in the report, Dowd continued.
Dershowitz noted that the distortion of Dowd’s quotes “is a very, very serious issue.”
“Remember, a report by a special counsel is always going to be one-sided,” he said. “Therefore, you have to trust it because the other side doesn’t have a chance to look at it and show what’s wrong with it the way they would in an adversarial situation.”
The Harvard law prof said it is imperative that investigators find out who wrote the misleading paragraph, how it “got past Mueller,” and why it was put in the report, to begin with.
Dershowitz said that initially, long before Mueller’s report was written, the special counsel should have given it to the defense so they could review it an correct any falsehoods or misrepresentations — just the kind of things that have been incorrectly portrayed that Dowd and others are now finding.
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