Alan Dershowitz: 'I'm Not a Full-Fledged Member' of Impeachment Defense Team | 1/19/2020 | author-page-header
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – President Donald Trump’s legal defense team is working toward a Monday deadline to submit a defense brief against charges filed by House prosecutors in the Senate trial that is set to begin in earnest next week.

Among the president’s legal team is Harvard law professor and constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz, who says he’ll be making a constitutional argument against impeachment.

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Dershowitz was a part of O.J. Simpson’s legal “dream team” and has defended several controversial clients, including Jeffrey Epstein. Despite voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Dershowitz has been a vocal defender of Trump, going so far as to write a book called “The Case Against Impeaching Trump.”

Dershowitz spoke with WCBS 880’s John Metaxas on Saturday about the responsibility he’ll have in the impeachment trial, emphasizing that he’s playing “a limited role in the defense.”

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“I’m only going to make the argument, the constitutional argument, against the articles of impeachment,” he said. “It’s an important role, because that’s a central issue in the case, but I’m not going to be part of the strategic defense team. I’m not going to be involved in the issue of witnesses we’re calling. I’m not going to be deeply involved in the facts. I’m going to really be an advocate against impeachment based on the Constitution.”

Dershowitz said that means he’s acting as a lawyer on the president’s side of the impeachment issue, appearing in a “limited capacity focusing.”

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“I am an advocate,” he said. “But I’m not a full-fledged member of the team in the sense that I am not participating in strategic decisions. I’m not getting involved in the facts,” he said.

Dershowitz said he’s strongly opposed to the two articles of impeachment presented by the House and wants to argue against them on behalf of the president.


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