NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images Steve Barnese, a lawyer who has represented President Donald Trump in legal disputes for decades, said he believes the president is not legally responsible for the sexual assault allegations against him.
Barnes told the National Review website that he has not spoken with Trump but that the president should have the legal protections afforded to him under the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Barnese, who is also the former chair of the Justice Department’s sexual misconduct section, said Trump was right to dismiss his accusers.
He added that if Trump had known about the claims, he would have acted differently in defending himself.
“In hindsight, I think he could have handled it differently,” Barnese said.
“If he knew, he should have acted like a man who knows, not like the president of the United States.”
Barnes said he thinks Trump’s accusers were lying about their own experiences, and the president would have been more likely to defend himself had he known about them.
He said the sexual harassment claims were politically motivated.
“They were telling lies to create a political crisis that would make it easier for them to get their way, and they succeeded,” Barnes said.
Barnsey also said Trump should have hired an outside counsel in the past, because there was no way to know if a case against him would have gone forward if the accusers had not told the truth.
He added that it was unclear whether Trump’s defense would have succeeded had he had the option of appealing to the United Nations.
Barnett said he doesn’t know what the future holds for Barnese.
“It could be worse,” he said.
“I don’t know.
I’m not in the position to predict that he’s going to get out of this.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.