High profile lawyer and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has confirmed he will join President Donald Trumps legal team and will present oral arguments during his upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.
“Professor Dershowitz will present oral arguments at the Senate trial to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal,” Dershowitzs team said in a statement on Friday morning.
The statement noted Dershowitz will focus on the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removing Trump from office.
“While Professor Dershowitz is nonpartisan when it comes to the constitution—he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton—he believes the issues at stake go to the heart of our enduring Constitution,” the team said.
Dershowitz is among the most well-known attorneys in the country. As a criminal lawyer, he worked on former NFL player O.J. Simpsons murder defense in the 1990s and also represented financier Jeffrey Epstein about a decade later. He has also represented former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, Hearst publishing heir Patty Hearst—who was kidnapped in 1974 by Marxist terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army—and televangelist Jim Bakker.
“He is participating in this impeachment trial to defend the integrity of the Constitution and to prevent the creation of a dangerous constitutional precedent,” Dershowitzs team wrote on Friday.
Trumps impeachment defense team is expected to be headed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times have reported that other high-profile attorneys and legal experts will be called for Trumps defense, but there has been no public confirmation. They reportedly include former special prosecutor Ken Starr, a Fox News contributor who prosecuted former President Bill Clintons impeachment case, Trumps personal attorney Jay Sekulow, former Office of Independent Counsel prosecutor Robert Ray, and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
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