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Alan Dershowitz Says Meeting With Trump Was About Middle East

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional lawyer, met with President Trump, who may soon be mired in a constitutional crisis, and they talked about Israel.

“This was a pre-scheduled meeting to talk to the White House staff members about ongoing efforts to come to an agreement on the Middle East,” Dershowitz, who dined Tuesday evening at the White House, told Slate. “This is the third time I have met about the Middle East, and I hope to continue to have some input on the Middle East. This is the fourth president I have advised on the Middle East. And that’s the reason I came to the White House.”

Trump this week lashed out at Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating allegations of corruption and foreign influence in Trump’s campaign and presidency, after federal agents raided the properties of Michael Cohen, a longtime adviser to Trump who is a lawyer.

Dershowitz has said in multiple television appearances and in interviews that Mueller is overreaching and that the special prosecutor’s position is inherently flawed. He told Slate that he would not offer Trump legal advice in person — but he also would not say if the topic of the Mueller investigation came up.

“All I’m prepared to say on that is that I did not give the president legal advice,” he said. “I don’t give anybody legal advice unless I am their lawyer. I am not his lawyer. I’m not in a lawyer-client relationship with him.”

Instead, Dershowitz said, he prefers to offer counsel in public forums.

“I talk to the president on television all the time,” he said. “Apparently he listens. I get on television and I state what I think is going on. And anybody can listen, and I very purposely do it publicly so nobody mistakes it for legal advice.”

On the Middle East, Dershowitz, a major backer of Israel, said Trump seemed optimistic, saying they discussed the threat posed by Iran in the region, the civil war in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“He seemed upbeat about the Middle East when we talked about it,” he said.

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