Dershowitz: Trump team playing into Mueller's hands

Attorney Alan Dershowitz in an interview broadcast Sunday said President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE’s lawyers are playing into special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE’s hands.

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“It seems to me that the approach last week of the Trump team plays into the hands of Mueller’s tactic to try at any cost ... to find technical violations against lower-ranking people so that they can be squeezed,” Dershowitz told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The remarks from Dershowitz come amid the fallout from comments made last week by Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined Trump’s legal team. He told Fox News that the president reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment he made ahead of the 2016 election to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

Giuliani has conducted multiple interviews with news outlets in the last few days, seeking to clarify his previous remarks.

Dershowitz, an opinion contributor for The Hill, said during the NBC interview that Trump’s team is “admitting to enough that warrants scrutiny,” adding that the last few days constitute a “bad week for both sides.”

Giuliani on Sunday again emphasized that the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was meant to shield Trump's family from embarrassment.