President Donald Trump faces “strong criminal liability” in light of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen’s alleged campaign finance violations, according to former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal.
Katyal said on CNN that Trump’s “future looks like it’s behind bars.”
New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota first asked Katyal, now a law professor at Georgetown, about Trump’s tweet claiming the latest sentencing memos of his former staffers had cleared him.
“That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” Katyal said. “That is an incredibly damning document that his own Justice Department filed, essentially against him, on Friday, saying President Trump ordered the commission of various felonies. Serious felonies.”
Trump could be charged if he leaves office after 2020, Katyal said, making the case that a sitting president could be indicted even if he is not tried until exiting the role.
“Trump knows he’s facing some pretty strong criminal liability when he leaves office, one way or another,” Katyal said. “Even if a sitting president can’t be indicted, he’s got to know his future looks like it’s behind bars unless he cuts some sort of deal with the prosecutors.”