Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor emeritus and member of President Donald Trumps legal team, said Sunday that he believes House managers case fell short of the standard that is needed to convict President Donald Trump in the Senates impeachment trial.
“Even if the factual allegations are true—which are highly disputed and which the defense team will show contrary evidence—but even if true, they did not allege impeachable offenses. So there cant be a constitutionally authorized impeachment,” Dershowitz, a high-profile criminal attorney, told “Fox News Sunday.”
He added that the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges levied against Trump are vague criteria. No president in U.S. history has been successfully removed from office, as the Senate requires a 67-vote supermajority to convict.
“The conduct has to be criminal in nature. It cant be abuse of power; it cant be obstruction of Congress,” he said. “Those are precisely the arguments that the framers rejected.”
The Democratic House managers, led by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), spent around 20 hours making arguments over three days last week, saying Trump abused his office when he allegedly withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for what Democrats have said were investigations into a political rival. Trump and Ukrainian officials have denied the charges.
“Remember the Constitution requires treason—theres no treason. Bribery, theres no allegation of bribery. Other high crimes and misdemeanors, which means other high crimes and misdemeanors that are akin to treason and bribery. They completely failed to meet that high constitutional standard, and therefore it would be unconstitutional to remove a president based on the allegations that were made against him in the articles of impeachment,” Dershowitz said in the interview.
Dershowitz and other members of Trumps legal team are scheduled to elaborate more on their arguments against impeachment. The White House on Saturday offered a three-hour glimpse of things to come starting on Monday and ending Tuesday.
“The defense team tomorrow will show that its not true, that many of the issues that were presented” by House Democrats were “presented incompletely,” he told Fox. “Remember, there are three things that the Senate has to decide: One, is there sufficient evidence of what they claim? Two, does it constitute a high—does it constitute, first of all, an abuse of power? And third, does abuse of power constitute impeachable offenses?”
Amid the impeachment inquiry, several Ukrainian officials, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, stated they felt no pressure from Trump and denied Democratic allegations of a quid pro quo campaign. Trumps legal team sought to highlight this on Saturday.
“The best evidence that there was no pressure or quid pro quo is the statements of the Ukrainians themselves,” Mike Purpura, deputy counsel to Trump, told the Senate on Saturday. “The fact that President Zelensky himsRead More – Source