Dershowitz Outlines Role in Trump Impeachment Trial

“THAT’S NOT WHAT THE FRAMERS HAD IN MIND”

by Sharon Rondeau

Alan Dershowitz, Wikipedia, CC by SA 2.0

(Jan. 17, 2020) — In an interview on Friday night’s “Hannity,” Harvard Law School Prof. Emeritus Alan Dershowitz announced he will be presenting oral argument during the Senate’s trial on the two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump generated by the House of Representatives last month.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

On Wednesday, after a 27-day delay, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced House “impeachment managers” during a press conference, after which the managers and Pelosi held a celebratory signing of the Articles and procession in which they carried the document through the U.S. Capitol to the Senate chamber.

Constitutionally, the House has the “sole power of impeachment,” while the Senate serves as the trial court of impeachments with the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice presiding.

Dershowitz, 81, a Democrat and Fox News contributor until Friday, when he announced on Twitter that he would be joining the White House’s impeachment team, told Hannity his goal is to “persuade some Democrats” that impeachment is not warranted.

“My job next week will be to present the constitutional case against impeachment, a case that I’ve been presenting on your show, in two books, and 25 articles,” Dershowitz said.  He argued that Hunter Biden, who received tens of thousands of dollars monthly from Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings when his father, Joe Biden, served as the Obama regime’s “point person” on Ukraine, is “relevant” to the impeachment, contrary to what many in the mainstream media are contending.

In an appearance on January 23, 2018 at the Council on Foreign Relations, Joe Biden bragged that he was responsible for effecting the firing in early spring 2016 of Viktor Shokin, Ukraine’s then-prosecutor general by threatening to withhold $1.5 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.

Democrats have not accused Biden of a “quid pro quo” while claiming that Trump attempted to “extort” Zelenskiy with the tactic.

Trump’s impeachment came about as a result of a July 25, 2019 phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he mentioned the Bidens.  Democrats claim Trump displayed an abuse of power and betrayal of “national security” in his alleged desire to damage a “political opponent.”

Last April, Joe Biden announced he would run for president and is reported by some polling to be the “frontrunner.”  He has twice run for president before but ultimately not received the Democratic nomination.

Dershowitz did not say whether or not he perceives that the Senate will allow witnesses who did not testify in the House hearings.  “The reason I agreed to do this…is because I’m concerned about future presidents,” he said. “This will weaken the presidency if this is a precedent; it will make impeachment a weaponized tactic to be used anytime a president who is controversial faces a House that has a majority on the other side. That’s not what the Framers had in mind, and I will lay out the debates over the constitutional convention; lay out what happened, why the Framers picked these four words: ‘treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors,’ referring to the language in Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.


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5 Responses to "Dershowitz Outlines Role in Trump Impeachment Trial"

  1. Bob68   Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Trump team responds to articles of impeachment:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-blasts-brazen-unlawful-coup-attempt-after-house-files-impeachment-legal-brief

  2. Judy   Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Right after Dershowitz Is done speaking the Senators should just take a vote to acquit our President right there! This has been going on sense the day Trump came down the escalator!

  3. Judy   Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    Right after he makes his comments then the senators should vote to do an acquittal right then and there! This has been going on since the day Trump stepped off the escalator! KAGA 2020!

  4. BSinSC   Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    With his penchant for OUR Constitution and regard for the Presidency, why didn’t he call for the impeachment of The POS oblama? He knew full well the $1.7 BILLION given to the murderous mullahs was ILLEGAL! I guess it might have been due to his own legal issues at the time! I’ll be watching to see if he can talk some sense INTO a few DEMOCRATS. I’m nearly 68 so I’d like to see that done at least ONCE in my lifetime!

  5. Lil Stevie   Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    There are not many democrats that I can say I like ….but I like Al

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